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Livelihoods

Strengthening resilience and improving nutrition

Our livelihoods work combines with our healthcare and education work to increase the availability of nutritious food, reduce malnutrition (particularly in children) and create economic stability for farmers all year round.

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Despite advances in economic growth and agricultural productivity, food security in Nepal remains a major problem, leading to high levels of malnutrition across the country.

67.8%

of the Nepali population

have an insufficient food supply (UN 2018)

Farming is the main livelihood activity for 66% of people in Nepal and is crucial for remote rural communities. Being able to grow good yields of nutritious food enables farmers to feed their families well and increase economic independence by selling to others.

This work contributes to food sovereignty, a worldwide movement to empower and build the capacity of small-scale producers to have more control over the way they grow and sell food. PHASE aims to develop farming practices in Nepal through an emphasis on sustainable methods, increasing awareness of environmental problems in the villages we work in.

Our livelihoods work contributes towards the Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, aiming to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people, especially children, have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round.

 

What do we do?

PHASE supports farmers in a range of ways, including supporting communities to hold regular farmers’ meetings and we deliver specific training and support on farming equipment and growing methods. For example, farmers can receive support to build polytunnels, set up irrigation systems and other commercial farming processes. Alongside this, training is delivered on selecting quality seeds, seasonal vegetable growing and livestock rearing.

 

83%

of people in the Far West of Nepal

rely on local agriculture for their consumption (UN 2018)

 

What’s the impact?

Access to sustainable livelihoods enables communities to access opportunities for themselves and their families, whilst reducing malnutrition and improving health. Our livelihoods programmes have a particular emphasis on training female farmers, which enables them have an increased role in household decision making, and improve quality of life for their families.

Jayakala Karki is a farmer from Jima, in the Far West of Nepal. Before the project started, the Karki family only grew enough crops and vegetables to support their family for three months of the year.

Upon joining the farmers group, Jayakala received training in techniques to make nursery beds, planting saplings, making homemade manure and organic pesticide, harvesting and earning potential by selling the product. Technicians were able to visit her land and give advice on the best way to treat and maintain the soil. They were also able to help her build a polytunnel.

 After the training, Jayakala began to grow lots of leafy, nutritious vegetables, tomatoes and cucumber in her polytunnel. Finally achieving a good yield from the small piece of land, her family was able to eat plenty of nutritious vegetables throughout the year. In addition to this, Jayakala has been able to sell the surplus yield, earning money to be able to send her children to school with the correct equipment they needed. Our support given to the Karki family highlights how our livelihood work interconnects with health and education work, striving to provide a better quality of life for families marginalized by a lack of support.


DELIVERING CHANGE

Livelihoods Projects

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Project

Addressing Causes of Malnutrition

2018 - 2021

Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID)   Since March 2018, PHASE has been delivering a DFID funded project in Mugu that has been…

Project

Rebuilding Communities

2016 - 2021

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund   What is it? PHASE Worldwide is delivering a five-year project which started in 2016. The project is based…

Project

Tackling Malnutrition in Mugu – With a Focus on Women and Children

2015 - 2018

Funded by the Innocent Foundation   What is it? PHASE Worldwide completed a three-year project which was delivered between August 2015 – July 2018, funded…

INSPIRING TALES

Livelihoods Stories

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Story

Birjan Dhami

Birjan Dhami, is a traditional healer and has a lot of respect within his community. People will generally go to his house to pray whenever…

Story

Mandevi Budha

2019

Mandevi lives in a village in Mugu. Located on the high terrain of the village and 3 days of walking distance from the nearest road….

Story

Dilsara

Dilsara is 28 and lives in Jima. She has three children; two daughters and a son. For the last few months, she has been involved…

Story

Muga

Muga Nepali is a 51 year old mother of four, living in Natharpu, a village in the Mugu district. Muga and her family rely upon…

Story

Shanti

Gorkha was one of the most severely impacted districts by the earthquakes in 2015. As many communities in the villages of Gorkha rely upon local…

Story

Devraki

After the destruction of the 2015 earthquakes, the everyday livelihoods of nearly all farmers across Nepal were negatively impacted. This story highlights how PHASE have…

WORKING ACROSS NEPAL

Livelihoods Locations

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Location

Gorkha

One of the districts most severely affected by the 2015 earthquakes. Combined with Sindhupalchok, 40% of deaths caused by the earthquake occurred across the two districts. Gorkha is primarily a rural municipality, with a population of around 32,500 people.

Location

Mugu

The majority of Mugu is rural, aside from an urban town in its centre.

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