First Phase of WUPAP

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Government of  Nepal (GoN) and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) made an agreement to alleviate widespread poverty from the far and mid-western development region through implementation of  western uplands poverty alleviation project (WUPAP). The implementation methodology followed a right based approach (RBA), by promotion of  grassroots level organizations to empower the participants by mobilizing their natural, physical, and fi nancial resources to harness external resources and obtain social justice.

The report covers fi rst phase (2003 January to July 2007) of  the project period as well as eight project districts, namely Humla, Jumla, Bajhang, Bajura, Dolpa, Mugu, Kalikot and Jajarkot. The project covered 56 VDCs consists of  34,615 households in eight districts. Of  them 17,072  (49%) HHs are receiving services from the project in seven districts, where Jajarkot has not formed community organisation with in this reporting period.

Based on assessment report of  phase review mission, trigger indicators set for phase I had achieved the required thresholds of  four indicators out of  set six. The minimum thresholds for the green road construction and for the repayment rate were not achieved.

Due to the geographical diversity, the types and nature of  the activities are seen different. Under the community infrastructure, 137 small scale community infrastructures were constructed and maintained in cost of  Rs. 48.7 million including contribution form different stakeholders. The constructed infrastructures includes mainly of  school building, irrigation cannels, drinking water schemes and wooden bridges. A total of  314 leasehold forest users’ groups (LFUGs) comprising 5,069 households in fi ve districts (Humla, Jumla, Bajhang, Bajura and Mugu) were formed in phase I period. About 5,259 ha. of  land were leased out to 278 LFUGs, followed by various activities as NTFPs/MAPs cultivation (4.35 ha.) and capacity development and forest management trainings.

Four green house and holding nursery established each in Humla, Jumla, Bajhang and Bajura. 51 village level nurseries were established at Humla, Jumla, Bajhang and Bajura districts to promote the cultivation of  NTFPs and a total of  488,796 NTFP seedlings have produced.

56 vegetable nurseries adapting local technology and nine plastic green houses for off  season vegetable production were established in the fi ve districts. Also, 14,020 vegetable mini-kits have distributed for use by the village households.