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Nepal Adapts To Changing Climate: Farmers profit as they protect the land

by Portal Web Editor last modified Apr 25, 2014 02:29 PM
Contributors: USAID
With the help of the U.S. Government's Global Climate Change (GCC) Initiative, which is led by USAID, Farm Tole is on the cusp of transforming itself. Through USAID’s flagship GCC project in Nepal—called Hariyo Ban, or Green Forests—communities like Farm Tole are coming together to identify their most pressing risks and develop sound solutions to address them.

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April 2014—In western Nepal’s Banke district, the Duduwa River surrounds the Farm Tole village on three sides. As picturesque and convenient as this may appear, the river also makes the village vulnerable to floods. Over the years, monsoon flooding has become progressively more serious, with land along the river being washed away every year.

For the predominantly poor Dalits and subsistence farmers who make up the village’s population, this threatens lives and livelihoods. Like much of Nepal, locals here depend on rainfall for agriculture. With increasingly erratic monsoons, farmers are beginning to see unreliable crop production and chronic losses.

"Our village was inundated with a huge flood in 2006. Eleven houses were swept away by the flood,” recalls Shambhu Nath, 52. “Every other year, there were floods that eroded our fertile lands and made life difficult. We wanted to do something to protect ourselves, but did not know what or how.”

With the help of the U.S. Government's Global Climate Change (GCC) Initiative, which is led by USAID, Farm Tole is on the cusp of transforming itself. Through USAID’s flagship GCC project in Nepal—called Hariyo Ban, or Green Forests—communities like Farm Tole are coming together to identify their most pressing risks and develop sound solutions to address them.

In Farm Tole, the project, which began in 2011, first helped establish a community learning and action center—where residents are learning about climate change and its impacts on their health and the environment, and helping to shape and implement a community adaptation plan.

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