Ramechhap is one of most deprived and inaccessible districts in the Himalayan region of eastern Nepal. Poverty, food insecurity, declining soil fertility, scarcity of fuel wood animal fodder, indebtedness, lack of health care and drinking water, and illiteracy are key problems. Within remote mountain villages, this program targets socially marginalized groups within the caste system, and also women. These people lack skills, knowledge and organization to become more self-reliant.
Form savings & credit groups, pool resources to construct drinking water systems, set up literacy centers, promote fast growing trees and grasses to provide fuel wood & animal fodder, improve vegetable production & improve soil fertility with compost
Project goals are to promote self-reliant groups, reduce dependence of exploitative money lenders, improve food security, and increase revenue from crop and animal production.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Background on Nepal
Overview of Ramechhaap Program
Approach to Agriculture and Food Security
Approach to Community Strengthening