Transforming local communities into enterprises for economic security in Nepal

Starting Date:
August 1, 2007
Ending Date:
July 31, 2010
Bajhang, Darchula, Baitadi and Humla in the Mid-West and Far-West cluster; Parbat, Baglung and Myagdi in the West cluster; Dolakha and Sindhupalchok in the East cluster
The Ford Foundation

The overall objective of the project is to transform natural resource dependent rural communities into commercially viable and sustainable entities. More specifically, it strives to:

  • Increase the access of rural communities to forest resources, technology, markets, financial and business development services;
  • Develop the capacity of rural poor (the target group) in the efficient and effective management of natural products based enterprises, and the marketing of their outputs;
  • Develop structured marketing systems and value added community enterprises to ensure increased incomes and equitable benefits to the rural communities; and
  • Promote sustainable harvesting of forest products by expanding community based, enterprise oriented resource management systems.