Upendra Shrestha

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Posts by Upendra

  • Bringing water to Nepal’s parched hills

    Kathmandu 44600, Nepal, Kathmandu
    January 7th, 2011

    Scarcity of water for irrigation is one of the hindrances to increase their farm productivity that people are facing in the hills of Nepal. Earlier water sources use to be available most time of the year and water table was higher but now due to the unpredictable rainfall pattern these water sources only lasts for few months. To increase the coping capacity of the poor smallholder producers Practical Action in Nepal is promoting low-cost water harvesting ponds and irrigation canals. Recently in the remote areas of Nepal with financial support of the European Union the HELP Food Security project constructed 42 irrigation schemes in three remote districts of Nepal. These irrigation schemes provided irrigation facilities to 450 hectares of land. Local user groups are managing these infrastructures with very low level of external supports. Due to the facility crop intensity and diversity has increased which has ultimately resulted in better production and ensured food security of the target households. We hope the New Year will bring prosperity and build confidence of the poor households to come out of the vicious cycle of poverty.

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  • A good year for Nepal

    Kathmandu 44600, Nepal, Kathmandu
    October 22nd, 2010

    Climate change has become a global issue now and coping with it is one of the major challenges the world faces today. Though Nepal contributes very little to the overall change in terms of carbon emission, the effects faced here are no less. In fact with more people under the poverty line and less equipped to deal with the changing scenario, people here end up being exposed to more adverse conditions. The lack of information and awareness tends to make the whole scenario even worse.

    Practical Action in Nepal is demonstrating various approaches to strengthen community’s coping capacities with impacts of climate change. The community based adaptation approach implemented by Practical Action along with the local authorities is mainly focusing interventions in – a) natural resource management for reducing climate change effects; b) adaptation to changing farming systems and practices; c) strengthening coping strategies of the communities and enhancing complementary livelihood options; and d) establishing the monitoring systems of climate change at the community level considering the social, economic and natural resource parameters.

    Practical Action in recent years well integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation activities in its projects. Integrated DRR approaches have proved to be appropriate for sustainable coping of multiple stresses which require linking different sectors and stakeholders for devising and addressing development priorities along with early warning system and DRR. During 2009 -10 more than 2,500 households benefited from small scale infrastructure, adaptive farming practices, alternative livelihoods and increased awareness.

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