Project Name: Enhancing Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in the Central Terai District of Nepal (ELIVES)
Funding Agency: Adra, FORWARD, IDE
Project Duration: Feb 15, 2016, to Jan 2019
Target Area: Chandrapur, Dumariya Simara Bhawanipur, Kanakpur, Pratappur paltuwa, Shakuawa Dhamaura, Raghunathpur and Bishrampur VDCs of Rautahat district.
Rautahat is one of the districts of Province number two of Nepal where majorities of people are under the poverty line. Still farming is the main profession and source of income for nearly 80% of people. Majority of farmers are doing vegetable and goat farming since ages, but they do not have any technical skills and knowledge due to which they could not achieve decent income from their profession. With the financial support of UKAid & ADRA UK and technical support of ADRA Nepal, IDE Nepal and FORWARD Nepal, Rural Development Centre Nepal has successfully implemented “Enhancing Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Central Terai Districts of Nepal (ELIVES)’’Project in Rautahat district. It mainly focused on the smallholder farmers to improve their livelihood through organizational development, improved goat farming practices, market linkage and improved production of vegetables.
To empower the small holder farmers by providing technical knowledge regarding the goat and vegetable sub-sector by conducting different types of technical trainings, support in coordination and linkage with the line agencies.
Target Beneficiaries: Poor, Vulnerable and Marginalized farmers
- Nearly 60% (1250 out of 2320) households prepared and used improved shed for using local resources for keeping goat which saved the waste of fodder and nutrients that helped in preventing around 60% of diseases.
- Farmer groups initiated their business and started to increase income by 80,000 to 300,000 per year. Farmers had been empowered and taking part actively on decision making process into their houses.
- 40 Business Literacy Classes had been completed. 722 participants expanded their business of vegetable farming and goat farming. Majorities of groups started goat production & sale, vegetable farming and started other business activities such as small shop, tailoring, cosmetics into their home areas.
- Groups members' knowledge enhanced on breed and breed management. 98 breed bucks were supported to groups. Average income from goat’s sale was 85,000 to 1,00,000 per year. Success rate of AI was 41%.
- 1200 HHs of sixty goat groups members were supported of Iron and Zinc Lentil seed and 440 HHs of flood affected areas were supported by 2 kg lentil seed.
- 3017 participants gained knowledge of group dynamic mechanisms, how to encourage groups for saving and taking loan and benefits through 150 Group Management and Savings and Credit Trainings.
- 4,50,000 fodder and forage were planted into 12 clusters.
- 25 ultra-poor farmers earned NRs.3,12,500 from vegetable farming by use of MIT (dheki pump) irrigation. In working areas, famers were applying different types of MIT (hand pipe, dheki pump and dip boring).
The trainings regarding vegetable farming and Goat rearing provided technical information to the small holder farmers for enhancing their productivity and economic status by boosting them up to the commercial level. Similarly, coordination and linkages development between the small farmers and line agencies helped in making these positive changes sustainable in the community. After the project, farmers are starting to apply IPM techniques and tools in their vegetable farming and improved management practices in Goat rearing.