Scaling up Climate Resilient Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihood of Smallholder Farmers in Nepal (CRA)
Climate Change affects Nepal’s agriculture sector, which employs over two-third of the population and contributes to one-third of the country’s GDP. Climate change, in the form of increased temperatures, erratic precipitation, uncertain seasons and increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, is expected to exacerbate food security challenges by impacting food production, disrupting supply chains and raising food prices. This means adaptation and continual learning become essential.
Promoting conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity and scaling up of agroecological practices are two important components of the Scaling up Climate Resilient Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihood of Smallholder Farmers in Nepal project. The project will focus on low-external-input based practices rather than transfer and adoption of input-intensive technologies and practices for responding to climate change.
The project aims to achieve three objectives for target groups during the project period.
- Diversify food and income sources of target groups, particularly for women-led and socially marginalized households
- Increase adaptive capacities and resilience of vulnerable communities to climate and disaster risks; and
- Contribute to create favourable policy environment for mainstreaming climate-resilient agriculture in government (national, federal and local) policies and plan.
The target group of the project are smallholder farmers (farmers having <0.5 ha are categorized as smallholder households in Nepal) from marginalized households, particularly women and youths. The project aims to reach 1800 and 300 HHs in Sindhupalchok and Kaski districts respectively. In Sindhupalchok district, the project will be implemented in Tripurasundari, Sunkoshi and Lishankhu Pakhar Rural Municipalities. In the case of Kaksi, Bhadaure Tamagi and Majhtana villages have been identified. In both districts, the majority of the directly targeted households will be among the poor and disadvantaged communities.