Goal: 7 Plantation

Raised: 15 Plantation

Progress: 214.28571428571 %

Livelihood

Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with almost one-quarter of its population living below the poverty line. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, providing a livelihood for three-fourths of the population and accounting for about one-third of GDP. Industrial activity mainly involves the processing of agricultural products, including pulses, jute, sugarcane, tobacco, and grain.

Nepal has considerable scope for exploiting its potential in hydropower, with an estimated 42,000 MW of feasible capacity, but political instability hampers foreign investment. Additional challenges to Nepal’s growth include its landlocked geographic location, civil strife and labor unrest, and its susceptibility to natural disaster (Nepal Economy Profile 2012).

Nepal belongs to the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs). According to the World Bank, with a per capita income of USD 400 (2009), Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and the poorest in the region. The country is ranked 138 (out of 169) in the Human Development Index (2010). One-third of the population lives below the poverty line of USD 1 per day. According to the Welthungerhilfe/IFPRI Hunger Index 2012, Nepal is one of the countries with an “extremely alarming food situation.”

The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that 2.5 million people depend directly on food aid (2006-07). Forty-two of the 75 districts in Nepal are classified as chronically food insecure and 4.4 million people are considered at risk with regard to their food situation (OCHA, 2008).

Approximately 83% of the country’s population is rural. Food and living standards have not however improved in the last years. One-fifth of the population is under-nourished and has no access to clean drinking water. Every second child suffers from malnutrition. The unemployment rate is around 50%. Just under half the population is still illiterate (CIA Factbook 2010). Women and ethnic minorities as well as the Hindu caste of dalits (Untouchables, 10% of the population) are particularly hard hit by poverty.

The majority of the people are smallholder farmers who are practicing in the mountain slopes on small terraced fields or through slash and burn subsistence agriculture. The major crops include maize, millet and buckwheat. Due to low rainfall and a lack of locally adapted irrigation technologies the cultivation of vegetables is problematic, especially during the dry months in winter and spring. Most of household do not produce enough food for their own consumption and suffer food deficit for more than 5 months per year. Food deficiency and malnutrition are widespread. Especially affected are mothers and children. More than 50% of young men are looking for seasonal or permanent work in the major cities of Nepal or abroad in order to feed their families.

In this context ASN focus livelihood this year and implemented below mentioned programs.

Vocational and Entrepreneurship development skills training to the most vulnerable out of school adolescent girls and young women from conflict affect and vulnerable families”

Aasaman Nepal (ASN) partnered with UN Women to deliver vocational and entrepreneurship development skills training to the most vulnerable out-of-school adolescent girls and young women from conflict-affected and vulnerable families such as returnee women migrant workers, survivors of gender-based violence including trafficking in persons, women and girls living with HIV/AIDS, home-based workers, and rural women…

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Youth Employment and Enhancement in Learning Skills among Primary School Children

ASN strongly believes that there is a co-relation between livelihoods and education. Livelihoods contribute to the attainment of education and education in turn contributes significantly to enhance livelihood opportunities. With this background, we are continuing this project called iLEAD (Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development) which is aiming at providing livelihood support to dropout youth…

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Poverty Alleviation in Dhanusha

Context Poverty alleviation fund (PAF) is working with 14 different local partner organizations (PNGOs) in Dhanusha district. AasamanNepalis one of them. There are hundred VDCs and one Municipality in the district. According to agreement with PAF dated Aashadh 2066, AasamanNepal(ASN) is implementing its program in 4 VDCs i.e. Barmajhiya, Dhanusha Govindapur, Bhutahi Paterwa and Thilla…

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Poverty Alleviation in Sarlahi

Context Sarlahi is one of the Terai districts of the Central Development Regions having six constitutional areas; seventeen area (Ilaka) divisions, one municipality and ninety-nine VDCs. Hempur and Jamuniya, which are the working areas for PAF, projects Hempur and Jamuniya are in the mid part of Sarlahi and the other 2 VDCs Ramban and Rohuwa…

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