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Using Renewable Energy to Kick Start Agriculture in Achham, Nepal (UREKA)

"Using Renewable Energy to Kick Start Agriculture in Achham, Nepal (UREKA)”. The main aim of this project is to transform the current situation (High rate of male out-migration, limited water access, insufficient food and reliant on remittances for survival) for 495 households (2,723 individuals) in five rural communities in Achham, using proven solar pumping technology, water access and climate smart agriculture as catalysts for improvement in food security, incomes, sanitation and hygiene. Through strengthening the capacity of agriculture cooperatives in the target area, up to 1,730 households (9,146 individuals) will benefit from additional agricultural services.

Project Contribute to SDG:

Contribute to the achievement of SDG 2 goal in Nepal

SDG Goal#2

Goal:

To contribute to the achievement of SDG 2 goal in Nepal – End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Expected Outcome:

Improving food security, income generation, and hygiene among 1,730 households across Achham District through access to renewable energy technology, agricultural resources, and enhanced value chains.

Outputs:

Output 1: Five renewable energy-powered water lifting and multiple use (domestic, agriculture and livestock) distribution systems are installed and pumping water from community-owned water sources in five hard to reach hilly communities in Achham, benefitting 495 households (2,723 individuals).

Output 2: Water is equitably, effectively and efficiently managed and distributed amongst all households in five targeted communities, benefitting 495 households (2,723 individuals).

Output 3: 495 households (2,723 individuals), including female-headed households and households headed by people with disabilities (PwDs), in five communities are capacitated in productive and sustainable farming activities, including agriculture and livestock.

Output 4: Three agricultural co-operatives will have increased capacity to effectively support farmers, benefitting 1,730 households (9,146 individuals).

Output 5: 495 households (2,723 individuals) are trained on safe water use and good hygiene practices.

Coverage Area:

Four communities across three Palikas:

  1. Panchadewal Binayak Municipality (ward no. 4),
  2. Sanfebagar Municipality (ward no. 4) and
  3. Bannigadhi Jaygadh Rural Municipality (ward no. 2 & 4) in Achham District, Sudurpaschim province, Nepal.

Project Period:

October 2020 to September 2023.

Funding Partner:

Expected Budget:

NPR 2,00,10,485.00

Project Indicator

  1. 100% of five hill-top communities have reliable access to water following installation of Solar MUS.
  2. 80% of Lead Farmers double their agricultural production, 18 months after Solar MUS is commissioned.
  3. 50% of 495 households in five hill-top communities increase their income by at least 10,000 NPR per annum, 18 months after Solar MUS is commissioned.
  4. 1,730 households are reached through livelihood/nutrition services and information offered by cooperatives.
  5. 80% of 495 households in five hill-top communities report improved sanitation and hygiene behavior.
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