A Glimpse of CEAPRED
Established in April 1991, CEAPRED is a leading national developmental NGO of Nepal. It is probably the first non-governmental organization in the country to work on agricultural sector. Ever since its establishment , CEAPRED has consciously and consistently focused on sustainable poverty reduction and enhancement of food security and livelihoods of the poor, disadvantaged and deprived families, including small and marginal farmers, of rural Nepal. CEAPREDâ€™s approach to poverty reduction consists of promotion of new and better economic and livelihood opportunities at the local level and linking these opportunities to the markets. Some examples of CEAPREDâ€™s initiatives, which have been most widely recognized and referred to, include commercial off-season vegetable production program launched in eastern Nepal in the early 90s and commercial vegetable seed production program currently in operation in several districts of Nepal.
Over the past nearly two decades of its operation, CEAPRED has implemented 70 development projects, most of which concern with income and employment generation through commercial high- value agriculture and agro-enterprise promotion. Creation and expansion of new market infrastructures and channels and strengthening the commodity value chains have been an integral part of the project strategy. CEAPRED has directly worked with around 170,295 families in 60districts of Nepal. The incomes earned by the participating families are estimated at several billion rupees annually. Over the years, CEAPRED has grown in institutional and professional strength, size and coverage. CEAPRED has its own built and well-equipped central office premises in Lalitpur and moderately equipped rented field offices in 22 districts managed by more than 305 full-time staff. Currently, the annual financial transaction (budget) of CEAPRED is equivalent to US$1.6 million.
Continuation of Enterprise is Employment
Guma Bogati is the resident of Daud VDC ward no.5 of Doti district, one of the outmost districts of Far western Region. She is the chairperson of Shila Community Organization, established under Poverty Alleviation Programme which started on 2063 B.S. Goma who took the responsibility of smooth operation of the CO, established with Economic assistance from PAF and technical assistance form CEAPRED, was in hand to mouth situation before.
While collecting demand for the income generation activities to implement through the technical assistance of CEAPRED, among other residents Guma alone concentrated on Potato farming as the means for livelihood enhancement. She was the only person to support the continuation of traditional potato farming for which Daud VDC is acclaimed.
Her only respite was 4 acre of land and whatever she cultivated that also through traditional farming system used to be the only means to feed her 4 children and husband which would not suffice them throughout a year and to make some extra money her husband used to go to India and when there no money was sent from India she was forced to work as wage labor. Later on she involved in community organization and started potato farming from the money received from PAF. Currently she is farming potato in larger quantity compared to other crops. Before when she was into potato farming she had to sell her produce in season only and as there was no market nearby, her potato used to perish but now the situation is different after the establishment of Kolmuda Chilling Centre the result of contribution from United Mission to Nepal, PAF and VDC, now Guma is earning 50,000 to 60,000 rupees in a year. She says that at first when the programme stared she was despondent on the outcome of the programme but still she convinced herself to be a part but now she is extremely surprised and happy and is highly thankful to CEAPRED and PAF for changing her life. She has already paid back the loan of Rs. 15000 taken from Community Organization and has plan to expand and further invest into potato farming enterprise. She says that she encourages other members of the CO to join the potato farming.
Latest News And Events
- 24th Annual General Meeting Held
- Regional Seminar Conducted
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- Kavre Visit by Hort CRSP Evaluation Team
- Village Baseline Study conducted in Sindhuli and Mahottari districts
- KISAN Project Launched
- Seed Producers’ Central Cooperative Federation Ltd Inaugurated
- Samarth-NMDP-Pig Subsector Project Launched
- VSP Technical Sub-committee Members’ Field Visit Organized
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- Training Conducted
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