Our Work in Nepal
Working Towards Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal
Over 80% of Nepal’s population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods; accounting for almost 40% of the nation’s GDP. Sadly, only 20% of Nepal’s land is suitable for agricultural purposes and it is distributed unevenly across ecological belts.
Nepal is currently facing a dangerous combination of factors that is making its food situation increasingly perilous. These factors include:
- Vulnerability to disasters
- Decreased agricultural production
- Lack of market access
- Severe weather
- Political instability
- Economic crisis
The combination of these factors has resulted in Nepal being the only country in Asia which is experiencing a shortfall in food production and supply. The severity of Nepal’s hunger is alarming.
The objective of this project is to increase the annual yields and agricultural diversity of 1,490 households in 4 districts of Nepal. We aim to teach farmers how to get the most out of their land by training them in soil management techniques, organization of seed fairs, providing cash for water systems and training in livestock rearing. This will result in increased food security for the poor and marginalized people of Nepal.
The targeted beneficiaries are:
- People living below the poverty line (absolute poverty)
- Those in a position to feed their families for <6 months with their own land production
- People without a regular income
- Women headed households
- Conflict affected households