~ Sumitra Shrestha - participant
SECARD Nepal’s program seeks to revive the livelihoods of marginalized rural communities through income-generating sustainable agriculture. This organic agriculture project was developed with intensive discussion with key leaders of three Village Development Committees: Sikre, Sunakhani and Samundradevi.
To improve the agricultural production system, the project engages women farmers as the primary audience, as women are the major stakeholders in household decision-making and agriculture-related activities. The project focuses on the primary crops including rice, wheat, mustard, maize, millet and mushrooms. The program will also involve youth in income-generating activities to minimize the flow of out-migration. Keeping these young people engaged in their community will strengthen the community fabric.
- Train 12 women’s farmers’ cooperatives in organic agriculture
- Distribute 60 goats to families
- Support 300 mushroom farming facilities with starters for 50 families
- Engage 600 families in improved agricultural production
- Construct water distribution system
- Construct fruit and vegetable storage shelter