(Cultivating and marketing high value crops to improve food security enhance livelihoods and adapt to climate change in Nepal)
The Himalayan Community Development Forum (HICODEF) has been partnering with The Glacier Trust (TGT) in south-central Nepal to enable climate change adaptation in the remote mountain villages of the Siwalik range since 2009. Our work in this region has to date, enabled people to increase their resilience to the growing impacts of climate change. From this year 2019 this 5 years project has been designed by TGT and HICODEF in close collaboration with farmers in each of the three villages (Ripaha, MatthilloBasani, and Lahape) and all relevant local government institutions.
Through this project we have reached further remote villages in the foothills of the Himalayas. This is an area of dangerously low food security. Climate change and inequality are exacerbating these problems significantly.in this project Coffee can be grown with other high value crops, root vegetables and fruits across the Himalayan foothills as a climate change adaptation and livelihood improvement strategy .Coffee will be grown using the organic ‘layer farming’ method so that coffee is inter-cropped with fruits, vegetables and other high value crops to vastly improve income, diet and resilience to climate change. Through this project, we will enable farmers in to grow coffee commercially for the first time.
We have also work with local primary school children and teachers to give them practical and theoretical knowledge of ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and environmental conservation.
HICODEF has been implementing the Layer farming for adaptation project (Cultivating and marketing high value crops to improve food security enhance livelihoods and adapt to climate change in Nepal) in partnership with The Glacier Trust (TGT) in the Newalparasi district of Nepal, focusing on the villages of Repaha and MathilloBaseni of Hupsekot Rural Municipality and Lahape of Baudikali Rural Municipality in first two years and other 4 villages Durlunga, Charghare, Dhoubadi and pokhari of Hupsekot Rural Municipality of Nawalparasi East district will cover rest of the project period.