Women’s empowerment, new business and sustainable NRM in Nepal 2014

Learning Route on women’s empowerment, business development and sustainable natural resource management. Scaling-up programmes for the rural poor in Nepal.

6 to 13 December, Nepal


The IFAD, the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation of Nepal, the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF), the Nepal Agriculture Co-Operative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL) and PROCASUR are honoured to launch the Learning Route: “Women’s Empowerment, New Businesses and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Nepal” from the 06th to the 13th December 2014.

The Route is hosted by three outstanding Nepalese development initiatives: the Leasehold Forestry and Livestock Programme (LFLP), the PAF, and the NACCFL. The experiences in the districts of Chitwan and Kapilvastu are successfully generating new opportunities for the rural poor by diversifying their sources of livelihood, recognizing women’s role in network strengthening and enabling pro-rural poor Private-Public Partnerships.

Public and private development institutions and key resource people working in favour of rural communities are invited to participate in the Route. Especially those working on gender equality and women’s empowerment, livelihood improvement, community natural resource management, rural micro-finance, member-based organizations and new businesses development.






Mr. Krishna Khanal

(+977) 9818826891

(+977) 9841468091

Nepali, English

Ms. Giulia Pedone

(+39) 320 0776080

English, French

Mr. Ariel Halpern

(+66) 832083728

English, Spanish


Very important reading (you should read them)

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Title Description
Learning Route Dossier Introduction to the thematic and case studies of the Learning Route
Learning Route’s Agenda Day by day description of activities
Fast Facts about Nepal Social, economic and geographic facts about Nepal
Logistics Information The Who’s, What’s When’s and How’s of the Learning Route.
List of participants Some more details on the 22 participants Route

In-depth case studies

Case Study 1. A case study on the successful experience of the Devitar Leasehold Forest User Inter-Groups, Shaktikhor VDC, Chitwan district, Easter Development Region, Nepal
Case Study 2. A case study on the successful experience of the Small Farmer Agriculture Cooperative Limited, Khaireni Parsha, Chitwan district, Nepal
Case Study 3. A case study on the successful experience of the Pragatishil Agriculture Cooperative Limited, Bijuwa, Kapilvastu district, Nepal


Presentations from the Learning Route



Innovation Plans´Concept Note shared in Lumbini on the 13th December



Recommended reading (we encourage you to read them)

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Nepal: A Strategy for Gender Integration in a Forestry Project (IFAD Technical Advisory Division, 2002) The Hills Leasehold Forestry and Forage Development Project in Nepal illustrates a systematic effort to integrate gender into a development project.
Scoping Study on Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Sector in Nepal(Yamuna Ghale, 2008) Background information on existing resources for enhancement of women’s leadershipin Nepal, with in-depth information on the situation of women in farmer’s organizations inNepal for the ruralwomen’s’ leadership program.
Grass Root Women’s Voices: Forest’s are our life; Help us manage it for our livelihood (Kanchan Lama, 2005) Report on a workshop on the ”Role of Leasehold Forestry in PovertyAlleviation”, organized by Society for Partners in Development (SPD), a NGO partner ofInternational Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), held in Lalitpur District, Nepal.
Video: Change Through Women’s Leadership Youtube (WOCAN 2012) The rural women’s leadership project in Nepal, supported by IFAD, is implemented by WOCAN. This film was produced to showcase women’s leadership through their stories
Scaling-up Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Nepal Case-Study (Ambra Gallina, 2014) Why gender equality and women’s empowerment is important to the scaling-upagenda.
Reading on Innovation (PROCASUR) The challenge to innovate will lead us to become agents of change that transform the reality of our organizations in the first place, and then of our communities and societies, making strategic contributions to the processes of rural development and to improving people’s welfare.
Nepal Learning Route Report, December 2014 (PROCASUR) Championing Women’s Leadership: Lessons Learnt in Natural Resource Management and Social Mobilization in Rural Nepal
Nepal Learning Route Testimonies (PROCASUR) Voices of the hosts and participants of the Route, on what they have learnt and about the positive changes they plan on making after this exciting journey.

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