Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (HIMALICA)

PROJECT LOCATION

Udayapur

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

4

OTHER STAFF

1

NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR

EU through ICIMOD

NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS

9

NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS

9

START DATE (Month/Year)

15 July 2015

COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year)

30 Nov 2017

APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES

US $ 400,000

NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:

 x

NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM:

x

 

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Mr. Keshab Joshi is responsible for overall management of the project and Mr. Shyam Ghimire is responsible for operation and management of the project at field level.

 

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

CEAPRED in partnership with ICIMOD /HIMALICA has been piloting on Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation–Himalica project in Udayapur district of  Nepal adopting Climate Smart Agriculture Practices in the selected sites of the district in the downstream of Koshi River Basin.  In line with CEAPRED’s thematic area and ICIMOD’s Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas-Himalica, farmer centric pilot approaches on climate resilient technologies, which could be relevant to the mountain perspective to improve the resilience of rural communities to climate change will be disseminated with the emphasis on  improving the livelihoods of the farming communities to the effects of climate change.  Agricultural practices which could generate cash income as early as possible will be given priority, for which vegetable farming will be promoted as the first technical intervention following the organizational strengthening of the farming communities. Hence, to initiate vegetable farming activities, capacity development of farmers through appropriate trainings is important, for which, an external technical assistance has been sought to develop a ready to refer and use manual including the package of practices (PoPs) on vegetable and spices cultivation, harvesting, post harvest management and marketing, adopting the principles and practices of climate smart perspective for the field technicians and farmers of the area.

The broader level objective of the intervention is to build community resilience, reduce risks and improve livelihoods by supporting target beneficiaries to produce more food with less water and other climate adaptive agricultural practices.  The specific objectives are to:

  • Promote and develop pro-poor value chains of mountain niche products and services as an adaptation strategy, ensuring the sustainable and equitable management of the natural resource base (including a strong element of cooperation between local community and the private sector).
  • Promote the diversification of livelihood opportunities through identification of new and risk reducing income and employment opportunities in mountain areas (e.g. linking value chain development to investment and employment generating activities; market-oriented services such as access to information, financial services and micro-finance; leverage financial and social remittances from labor migrants).
  • Support the use of ecosystems services such as landscape and biodiversity for recreational activities with direct community involvement and benefits.
  • Enhance sustainable practices in the management of natural resources and identification of alternatives at the local level (e.g.: use of fallow or degraded lands and forests, improved farming and water management systems, but also improved planning capacity).

The following outcomes are expected from the pilot project:

1.    Increased income of target households through improving productivity and production system, strengthening linkages (both horizontal and vertical) among value chain actors, and reducing post-harvest losses thereby promoting value adding activities in vegetables and spices. Finally, 50% of selected beneficiaries (minimum 250 households) will be able to increase their income by 30% by the end of the project life.

2.    Better resilience of local stakeholders in dealing with effect of climate change and other risks associated with livelihood sources. This will include unlocking of livelihood opportunities, community based micro planning with a focus on climate change adaptation and management, private sector engagement and improving access to market information and business services.

 

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Organize orientation for awareness raising of beneficiaries, stakeholders and partners on importance of long-term planning and effect of CC and environment in livelihood sources
  • Facilitate to develop community-led micro plans and support to implement interventions
  • Organize technical training, vocational training and workshops for capacity building of stakeholders and exposure visits for cross-country learning
  • Dissemination of CSA practices along the VC, strengthening of horizontal and vertical linkages
  • Documentation and dissemination of learning from package of practices