Field visit to Nepal ( Part one)

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The Irish Red Cross (IRC), in cooperation with Nepal Red Cross (NRC), is currently implementing a Community Livelihood Promotion project in Myagdi District. Specifically, the project is focusing on three wards of Myagdi: Begkhola, Ducknam, and Chimkhola. The project was initiated in December 2018 and will continue until 2021. 

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Myagdi District has a multi-ethnic composition with Magar, Chhetri, Brahman, Thakali, Gurung and others. All of IRC intervention areas are over 1,000 metres above sea level and many of the communities live with no road access. The roads that do exist are rough and poorly maintained. 

The following are some photos from the recent trip undertaken by our International Programme Manager in February 2020.

En-route to Chimkhola

Ducknam, ward number 4 in the Raghuganga rural municipality, has an ecology largely made up of hills. Its altitude ranges from 1,200 to 2,000 metres above sea level. Ducknam has a total population of 1,089 people living in 289 households. During this visit the PM visited two communities in receipt of IRC assistance.  

To get to Ducknam from Beni, the main town in Myagdi, it takes approx. 1.5 hours by car to reach the first community. From here physical infrastructure is extremely limited and, to get to further communities in Ducknam and onwards to Chimkhola, entails a 6-hour arduous trek.  

Chimkhola, ward number 7, also is largely made up of hills. This ward has no road access, so it takes approximately 6 hours by foot from Ducknam to reach the centre of Chimkhola. The total population is 1,307 people living in 360 households. Its altitude ranges from 1,400 to 5,000+ metres above sea level, the range for human settlement being limited to 2,000 metres. 

On arrival to each village, visitors are welcomed with traditional garlands and flowers.

IRC Community Livelihoods Promotion Programme 

Subsistence agricultural farming, mainly small-scale livestock is the main source of occupation and livelihood of the majority of the population in Myagdi, with 86% of the population active in this sector. While agricultural production contributes to around a third of GDP, the majority of workers generate only a modest income.  Due to low level of agricultural production, the majority of the households face acute food shortages for a large part of the year. 

The IRC livelihoods programme prioritises the medium-term livelihood needs of vulnerable households and also the promotion of more self-sustainable options in the longer term. Upon completion of livelihood orientation sessions for community mobilisers and livelihoods staff, they worked with the target communities in order to identify community specific livelihood interventions. Red Cross in coordination with local authorities and ward citizen forums selected people from the most vulnerable groups, poor, socially-excluded families, female headed households, and people with disabilities.

The programme aims to target a total of 358 households across all three wards. IRC livelihood interventions will play an important role in terms of enhancing income, and food security from the affected communities, and strengthening local economy. 

The programme aims to target a total of 358 households across all three wards.

A three day workshop was conducted in December 2011 aiming at familiarizing staff and volunteers of Maldivian Red Crescent with the general concept of violence prevention on how to use the ten steps resource.

IRC are implementing different types of livelihood activities in order to improve food security and income generating opportunities, taking into consideration the capacity of the local economy as well as needs identified through livelihood assessments conducted in 2019.

After the provision of technical training on cultivation techniques to produce high quality crops, 108 farmers across all 3 wards were provided with cash grants and kiwi saplings. The fruits can reap after 2 – 3 years of its plantation and the plants give fruits for 30 to 40 years. A healthy plant yields on average 50 to 100kg of fruits.

This is part one of a two-part new's update about our field visit to Nepal. To read part two, click here. 

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