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What is the environmental or ecological challenge you are targeting with your solution?
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The target communities of 14,168 households have a total population of 72,751, of which 47.6% are male and 52.4% female. The area is dominated by indigenous Magars, Tharu and Madhesis groups that are highly dependent on forest resources for their livelihoods. Only 7-9% of the total agriculture land has regular irrigation facility. Compared to the 90’s, the forest coverage is reduced by 60% due to slash and burn practices and climate induced disasters (DFOs, 2015). High tillage and unmanaged slopes have led to heavy soil erosion in the upstream. About 53% households own less than 1 ha land, and 8% are landless (land hold data 2015). More farmers are adopting synthetic chemicals to increase productivity as food sufficiency is only from 3 to 5 months and malnutrition among the women and children is severe. Low food security in the upstream has caused people to move downstream adding more pressure to the already scarce resources and resulting in conflict amongst the locals and newcomers.
How did you impact natural resource use and greenhouse gas emissions?
For the sustainability of the project, relevant government and non-government stakeholders were involved as lead executors from the start. Project generated good practices have been mainstreamed in their plans and programs hence allocation of a part from their fiscal budget is ensured for economic sustainability. Local communities contributed 300% more than the project amount for small scale construction activities like bio-engineering. The project worked to link farmers directly with market networks so that they continue to receive fair cost for their produce. After continuous advocacy and campaigning, the poor and marginalized farmers are now getting inputs from government and non-government entities in subsidized rates.