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by Christin VanZant last modified May 16, 2017 03:43 PM
Contributors: Winrock International
How a groundbreaking USAID program is bolstering both Nepal’s agricultural ecosystem and those who depend on it

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Like so many of the 80 percent of Nepalese who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, Thapa’s parents were subsistence farmers who grew just enough wheat and corn to keep the family fed throughout the year. Because money was tight and Thapa’s parents needed him around to help on the farm, school just wasn’t an option. When he got older and started his own family, Thapa followed a path familiar to legions of young men living in rural Nepal who want to build a better future. “I went to Qatar as an electrician, but I did not earn enough money,” he says. “I could not get a good job, so I came back.”

 

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