Why is Eco-Reach necessary ?
Primary beneficiaries include local smallholder farmers. The secondary beneficiaries consist of private sector organizations and business communities engaged in organic agriculture and value chain; and local NGOs, CBOs, cooperatives and other types of community groups that can serve as conduits for development service delivery at the local level.
Eco-Reach Foundation would use three main strategies to reach its goals. (i) social mobilization (ii) capacity development, and (iii) local institution building.
Socio-Economic Vulnerability and Poverty
Climate Change mitigation/Adaptation
Natural Resources Management
Research and Policy/Plan
In Nepal, 82.5% of the population are living below the poverty line. Their mainstay of livelihoods is agriculture, which depends largely on weather and climate change sensitive factors like forest resources and water resources. Livelihoods of forest-based people are projected to be seriously challenged due to climate change resulting in loss of land and land productivity. Events such as forest fires, floods, landslides, and drought are prominent risks. The forest is very much attached with the ago-ecosystem of Nepal. Hence, overall Socio-Economic vulnerability and poverty of Nepalese smallholders farmers can be wiped out if the wise management of these resources is done. Eco-Reach Foundation has therefore recognized Socio-Economic Vulnerability and Poverty of People as an important thematic area for the proper management of natural resources and livelihood improvement.
Climate variability and risks have always been a part of agriculture, due to which farmers have developed many ways of managing risks. Climate change introduces a new dimension to the problem. The continued availability and use of agrobiodiversity in Nepalese farming, particularly by smallholder farmers, is likely to play an important role in adaptation to climate change. Communities maintain rich species and intra-specific crop diversity both to help manage climatic adversity and meet their other needs. Forest, home gardens, agroforestry (with the richness of fodder trees) and productive fields all embed diversity rich maintenance and use practices that increase adaptability and reduce vulnerability. Traditional farming system management practices and farmers’ innovations are clearly a key element in local adaptation to climate change. While scientists and policymakers work to find solutions, local farmers have already amassed considerable experience of how to cope, based on their observation and experimentation in the field. So, it is very important to document the adaptation practices that have been evolved in the farmers’ fields. Eco-Reach Foundation will help farmers to identify coping strategies using their own skills and resources. It will also promote the traditional farming system with modern technology and skills. So that subsistence type of farming system would change in commercial farming.
Nepalese traditional agroecosystem is very much attached with its natural Eco-system. All the inputs in Nepalese farm are directly derived from its natural Eco-system. So, it is very important to balance the existing relation of natural Eco-system. It is very important to manage natural resources which have a direct impact on the farming system. For an instance forest and river are a very important aspect of Nepalese farming system. If these could not be managed farming system will be collapsed. So, Eco-Reach Foundation is always concerned with the conservation of watersheds, rivers, rivulets, forests and forest-based agro-ecosystem.
Eco-Reach Foundation has its aim to prioritize Action/Policy Research on conservation agriculture and climate change mitigation/adaptation of Agriculture sector. It will make policy recommendations to development partners such as government organizations and donors agencies after it's research in conservation agriculture. It will also work with local communities and motivate and mobilize them in more conservative and organic farming system which would be more sustainable. Besides, it will also publish research articles and policy briefs on natural resources conservation and sustainable farming system particularly concerned with smallholders farmers of Nepal.