About Us

The Project: Western Uplands Poverty Alleviation Project (WUPAP) is a joint endeavor between Government of Nepal and International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)- a specialized UN agency, to alleviate widespread poverty in the hills and mountains of Mid and Far Western Development Regions. The Ministry of Local Development (MLD)was the implementing agency before it came under the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, and the UNOPS – cooperating Agency. The Project is implemented through Local Bodies and Government Line Agencies at village and district levels. Project Coordination Unit (PCU) located at Nepalgunj is responsible in facilitating implementation, management and monitoring of the Project activities.


Goal and Objectives : The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the livelihood systems of the target group in the programme districts in a sustainable manner. The objective is to focus on poverty alleviation through a rights-based approach, by promoting the formation of grassroots level organizations to empower the participants to mobilize their natural, physical, and financial resources to harness external resources and obtain social justice.



Project Area : The Project intends to cover a total of 11 districts by 2011 into three phases. Phase I was initiated in Humla, Jumla, Bajhang and Bajura in January 2003. Mugu, Dolpa, Jajrkot and Kalikot are included under the Project from July 2005. Three districts, Dailekh, Rukum and Rolpa, will be covered in the third phase of the last three years.


Target Group : The landless and the small and marginal farmers in the project area, especially the women, youth and children and socially and economically disadvantaged groups are the target group of the Project.


Components and Stakeholders : The project consists of five components and is implemented through:


1. Small Infrastructure Development – District Development Committee (DDC)
2. Leasehold Forestry and NTFP – District Forest Office with support from NGO, Dabur Nepal, HPPCL and ICIMOD
3. Agriculture and Livestock – District Agriculture and District Livestock Services Office with support from NARC
4. Micro-Finance and Marketing – Local Development Fund Board (LDF)
5. Institutional Development – Local Development Fund Board (LDF)

Implementation Arrangements :  MLD is the lead project agency. PCU maintains coordination and linkages with the central and district level agencies, and supports in planning, implementation and loan administration. A District Project Unit (DPU) is established and managed in each district by LDF Board under DDC. DDC is the main executing agency and is responsible to ensure that the project is carried out in accordance with the provisions and responsibilities defined in the Project Appraisal Report (PAR). 



Project Area: Far and mid western districts respectively Bajhang, Bajura and Humla, Kalikot, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Rukum and Rolpa, with a total of 153 VDCs within these districts are the working Area of the project.

Target Group: Poor and disadvantaged households and individuals of the project implemented VDCs and also of community organizations (COs) and the leasehold forest users groups (LFUGs) formed by WUPAP.

By the end of project, there will be increase in household’s asset ownership index by 20 % and reduction in prevalence of child mal-nutrition, especially chronic malnutrition.

Components and Stakeholders: Project’s Major THREE Components and Activities

i. Community Empowerment: Under Community Empowerment following sub components are included in WUPAP.

Social Empowerment: (participatory planning process, good governance, investment management)

Strategies for Social Empowerment

-50% compulsory participation of women in project activities

-Community Investment Plan (CIP) approved by consensus of at least 70% target groups

-70% of people are satisfied with the pre-feasibility technical advice on agriculture (incl. livestock and forestry) and infrastructure

-Participation of male and female of at least 70% HHs in 2 initial meetings of community investment planning

-90% VDC conducting public audit each year covering all project supported activities

-At least 70% amongst the target households consume the nutritional food

-70 % community organizations should be matured and independent.

-Physical and financial progress of community investment plan implementation should reach above 70%

Economic Empowerment: community investment plan (improving the agriculture: farming, livestock and forest), market network development and value addition, sectoral vocational training, community infrastructure and micro-finance etc.

Strategies for Economic Empowerment

-153 participatory Community Investment plans prepared

-80% satisfaction among farmers with farming improvement services and technical support/training, and 80% of household adopt at least 50% of the technology components

-50 of vocational trainees receiving 25% increase in wage rate after training

-80 % of infrastructure with appropriate design, construction and O&M system

-Labour savings infrastructure

-Average monthly time 60 hours and NPR 500 cost savings per household from infrastructure schemes.

-Increase in 20 ropani irrigated production area per VDC.

-70% of CO’s planned in CIP to receive capital meet criteria and receive Loan Capital.

ii. District service delivery Improvement: service excellence challenge fund, field farm school and human resource development etc.

iii. Project Management: Project Steering Committee, Project Coordination Unit, District Project Coordination Unit, Oversight Board of the Beneficiaries, Community Project Coordination Unit, Regional Directorates’ monitoring and supervision and Service Providers’ technical assistance and project’s human resources development etc.