EnLIFT project

Farmer group discussion for the local farming practices

Project title: Enhancing livelihoods and food security from agroforestry and community forestry in Nepal

Location: Kabhrepalanchok, Lamjung, Kaski and Sindhupalchowk districts, Nepal

Duration: 2013 – 2018

Project background: This research project focuses on community forestry, agroforestry and under-utilised land. The aim of the project is to determine ways to enhance livelihoods and food security from the improved implementation of agroforestry and community forestry systems in the middle hills region of Nepal. The project activities take place in Kabhre Palanchowk, Lamjung, Sindhupalchowk and Kaski districts, involving about 1,200 farming households and 48 Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs).

Agroforestry practice in Kavrepalanchowk District

Objectives of the project:

  • Improve the capacity of household based agroforestry systems to enhance livelihoods and food security
  • Improve the functioning of community forestry systems to enhance the livelihoods and food security of CFUGs members
  • Improve the productivity of and equitable access to underutilised and abandoned agriculture land

Expected outputs:

  • Improved management of agroforestry and community forestry systems including improved institutional and governance models for community forestry
  • Research and demonstration sites that show enhanced silviculture, managements and utilisation from community and agroforestry systems
  • Development of new markets and value adding process for timber and non-timber products from agroforestry and community forestry systems
  • Demonstrated approaches to bring abandoned agriculture land back to a productive state 
  • Demonstration sites and extension material to disseminate the new knowledge
  • A knowledge base to support improvements to the policy and regulatory environment related to agroforestry and community 

Donor: Government of Australia through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Partners:  University of Adelaide; University of New South Wales; Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation through the Department of Forest, Community Forest Division, Nepal; ForestAction,; Nepal Agroforestry Foundation (NAF); Service, Empowerment, Positive Action, and Applied Research for Communities in the Himalayas (SEARCH) Nepal; Tribhuwan University/Institute of Forestry; and The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

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