Anukulan / BRACED Project

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Developing Climate Resilient Livelihoods for local communities through public-private partnership for 500,000 poor people in western Nepal that suffer from climate extremes and disasters


Anukulan - BRACED is a UKAid funded three-year (2015-2017) project implemented by iDE and consortium partners. The overall goal is to improve the well-being of rural poor, especially women and children, coping with climate change related shocks and stresses. Anukulan facilitates the development of sustainable rural organisations around commercial pockets focused on climate smart economic opportunities in agriculture, water resource management, and community forestry. It facilitates the harmonisation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) planning and climate change adaptation (CCA) strategies. It empowers women and the disadvantaged to take leading roles in rural institutions and contribute to economic opportunities. Ankulan includes research partners to analyze and facilitate climate adaption policies and approaches.

Anukulan aims to improve food security and nutrition, and increase annual incomes by an average £140 for 100,000 households, benefiting more than 500,000 people, through climate smart agriculture facilitated in public private partnership. Anukulan is also facilitating conservation agriculture, improved nutrition, and women’s empowerment as measured by the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). Anukulan working with the BRACED knowledge manager has developed an innovative index to measure climate resilience. The project is designed to scale and integrate proven approaches to strengthen climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable households and communities. The project is being implemented in six districts: Kailali, Kanchanpur, Dadeldhura, Doti, Bardiya, and Surkhet of Far and Mid-Western Nepal.

Partners of the Consortium:

  • International Partners (7): iDE, ADRA, IWMI, CIMMYT, RW, MU, and Netafim

  • National Partners (4): Rupantaran, RIMS Nepal, SAPPROS Nepal, and NTAG

  • Local Implementing Partners (6): Tharu Women Upliftment Center (TWUC), Sundar Nepal Sanstha (SNS), Creation of Creative Society Nepal (CCSN), National Environment and Equity Development Society (NEEDS), Rural Development Service Center (RDSC), and Multipurpose Development Society (MPDS).

Major Sub-Sectors and Areas:

  • Vegetables,

  • Essential Oils,

  • Food Security(Cereals),

  • Multiple Use Water System(MUS) / Water Resource Development,

  • Nutrition,

  • Disaster Risk Reduction/Early Warning Systems(EWS)

  • Local Adaptation Plans for Action (LAPA).


Selected Major Project Updates (Jan 2015 – Sept 2017):

  • Local Action Plans of Adaptation (LAPA). LAPA are plans developed with communities, local government, and district technical agencies to allocate and implement investments for climate adaptation. Anukulan has facilitated 86 LAPA covering a population of 1,496,600 people. The LAPA are supporting climate smart agriculture and included harmonization with disaster risk reduction committees and guidelines. Anukulan has developed six early warning systems, including five local river flood warning systems linked with sustainable farmer organization developed by Anukulan.

  • Nutrition.Anukulan has a nutrition component with an emphasis on child malnutrition, addressing climate shocks and stresses, linked to the Anukulan agriculture programme. Over 5,000 mothers with at risk children in the first thousand day period received 3 month intensive training. Lighter nutrition orientation was provided to 25,015 mothers.

  • Way Forward. Anukulan has been extended. The extension will focus on sustainability and increasing impacts 1) strengthening the commercial pocket approach to enable access to climate smart agriculture, develop sustainable rural organizations, access to finance/crop insurance, and agricultural and weather information 2) developing the Public Private Partnership approach to leverage resources and technical support for LAPA 3) water resource development including micro irrigation, solar PV for lifting, and institutionalizing and scaling the MUS approach 4) Harmonization of LAPA and Disaster Risk Reduction under the new Nepal Federal Structure.
LAPA Committee shows resource mapping, Kailali

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Photos By: Bimala Rai Colavito, iDE Nepal Volunteer