The Right to Adequate Food (RtF)
In Nepal, about 2/3 of the population is engaged in agriculture, but 60 % of the small-scale farmers do only produce enough food to feed their families in about 6 months-a year. This is obviously a huge issue regarding food security in Nepal, especially for the poorest families. The Right to Food project will address the underlying causes of food insecurity in Nepal by supporting a stronger civil society, which can represent the poor small-scale farmers and demonstrate sustainable solutions such as climate-adapted crops and production methods. There will also be emphasis on improving the capacity of local authorities whose mandate is to advise and serve small-scale farmers and influence the political decisions, which influence the farmers’ situation.
The project will focus on poor and marginalized small-scale farmers, especially women and minority groups. The project will involve 400 local farmer associations and more than 200 local land rights groups.
The project will work with three strategic partners, each focusing on different aspects of food security. The project is founded on the partners’ strategic plans and will strengthen their work regarding the target groups. For example, the partners will mobilize and strengthen local farmers associations, whereby the associations are able to influence decisions and together get better access to services from the authorities. Also, there will be a strong focus on women’s conditions and women’s involvement in the farmer associations. In addition, land rights will also be an important aspect of food security and the local groups will be strengthened to secure their land rights and bring complaints forward to the relevant authorities.
Both the work with land rights and access to services will be linked to the partners’ political work at national level. Moreover, the partners will demonstrate different approaches for improved and climate-adapted agricultural production, which also can be used in other parts of Nepal.
All partners will develop capacity analysis and development plans, which will stress how CARE can support the partners in strengthening their capacity as active civil society actors, including advocacy, and their strategic plans will further be developed to influence the policy level in collaboration with other organizations.
National focus with pilot activities in Okhaldunga, Udhyapur og Siraha districts in the eastern part of Nepal.
Duration and budget
July, 2013 to June, 2019. Budget around 28 million DDK.
The National Network on Right to Food Nepal (RfFN), Community Self Reliance Center (CRSC), National Farmers Group Federation (NFGF)
To know more about the project please contact Programme Coordinator Morten Fauerby Thomsen
Morten Fauerby Thomsen
Programme Coordinator, Asia
+45 35 200 100