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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 farming 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 long-term impact goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable livelihoods and build resilience of smallholder and women farmers in Nepal. The project promotes agroecological farming approach that utilizes and promotes crop diversity, improves soil health, conserves and sustainably utilizes water and other natural resources, maximizes utilization of local resources, as well as empowers women, indigenous communities and smallholder farmers. 

The target group of the project are smallholder farmers (farmers having <0.5 ha is categorized as smallholder households in Nepal) from marginalized households, particularly women and youths. The project aims to reach 2805 and 495 HHs in Sindhupalchok and Kaski districts respectively. Among 3,300 households, the project will ensure that at least 70% of direct beneficiaries are women. The project will be implemented in Tripurasundari, Sunkoshi and Lishankhu Pakhar Rural Municipalities of Sindhupalchok district. In Kaski district, the project will be implemented in Annapurna Rural Municipality and Ward No. 13, 19 and 28 of Pokhara Metropolitan city. 

Working Sites (Municipalities) :

  1. Sindhupalchowk: Tripurasundari , Sunkoshi and Lisankhupakhar Rural Municipalities 
  2. Kaski: Annapurna Rural Municipality and Ward No- 13, 19 and 28 of Pokhara Metropolitan City

Household coverage: -  3300 HHs (2805 in Sindhupalchok and 495 in Kaski)

Project Details
Countries: Nepal
Working districts: Sindhupalchok, Kaski
Project Duration: 2018 - 2024
Partners:
Funded by: Bread for the World - Protestant Development Service
Contact Person: Anita Gautam