Nepal Study Tour

Feb.

2015

Duration: 10 days
Location: Nepal

We are planning a study tour to Nepal in February, 2015 to visit some of the areas that work is being done, with help from the Grains of Hope program.

We are very fortunate to have Leah Reesor-Keller, and her husband Luke in Pokhara, Nepal, serving for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). They are excited to guide us on a tour throughout various parts of Nepal, highlighting current CFGB projects. We invite you to join us, but please notify us of your interest as soon as possible, space is limited.

Click here for a picture of a standard bunk house in Nepal.

Click here for a gallery of Leah Reesor-Keller's photos from her time in Nepal.

About the Situation in Nepal

Over 80% of Nepal’s population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods, accounting for almost 40% of the nation’s GDP. However, only 20% of Nepal’s land is suitable for agricultural purposes and arable land is even rarer in Nepal’s hill regions. Close to half of Nepali children under age 5 are chronically undernourished.  One in four households does not have access to adequate food for a basic diet. Many small holder farmers only produce enough food to feed their families for less than 6 months each year. Nepal is currently facing a combination of factors making food security tenuous in certain communities. These factors include:

  • Soil degradation leading to decreased agricultural production
  • Lack of market access (particularly in communities not accessible by road)
  • Political instability following a period of country wide conflict
  • Vulnerability to disasters and climate change

The severity of Nepal’s hunger is alarming. Yet with improved skills and knowledge, there is real potential for rural families to overcome hunger and develop sustainable agricultural livelihoods.

MCC Nepal, with funding from CFGB, is currently partnering with four local Nepali organizations to address hunger and poverty. Our objective is to work with community-based organizations to increase the annual yields and agricultural diversity of 4,110 households in 4 districts of Nepal. Achham, Okhaldhunga, Dhading and Lalitpur

The projects are organized around three core areas of activity:

  • Providing training in sustainable agriculture and support for rural income generation
  • Improving nutrition, sanitation & health practices
  • Strengthening the management capacity of locally based farmers’ groups, cooperatives, and networks of community-based organizations

Together, we aim to teach farmers how to get the most out of their land by providing training in sustainable agriculture and livestock rearing, organizing seed fairs, and building water systems. This will result in increased food security, sanitation and nutrition for rural marginalized people.