Transforming local communities into enterprises for economic security in Nepal

Starting Date: August 2007
Ending Date: July 2010
Location: 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
Donor(s): The Ford Foundation
Implementation Partner(s): N/A

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.
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