Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Joint Programme Country Update: Nepal

Lead agency

UN Women

National Consultative Workshop

Date:      29-30 November 2012                      Location: Kathmandu

Participants:  59 women;  42 men

Organizations represented:

  •  Government institutions: National Planning Commission, Ministry of Agriculture and Development, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Land Reform and Management, local governance representatives
  • Development partners (JICA, ADB, SDC)
  • UN Agencies (the 4 Agencies, WHO, ILO, IOM, UNDP)
  • Non-governmental organizations (International, national and community based)
  • Women leaders and farmers from across the country
  • Gender advocates, academics, media.

Other activities to date

  • August 2012: Initial consultation with the GoN, sharing the global initiative with Secretaries of key ministries and the National Planning Commission
  • November 2012: National Consultative Workshop 
  • January 2013: Mapping report on existing initiatives related to RWEE in Nepal
  • April 2013: Strategic dialogue with development partners
  • May 2013: Development of the TOR of the Steering Committee and development of the TOR for the inception phase.

                               Action plan – activities planned at national level

Outcome 1: Rural women and their families have improved food and nutrition security

Output 1.1 Rural women from vulnerable groups in select VDCs have increased access to resources and services critical for their nutrition security

  • Support implementation of Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition Strategy at the VDC level
  • Provide food supplement for pregnant and lactating women and children aged 6-23 months
  • Raise awareness to practice better sanitation and hygiene and to access clean drinking water
  • Promote nutrition sensitive and varied homestead gardening with a focus on indigenous crops

Output 1.2 Rural women from food insecure HH in select VDCs have increased access to skills, sustainable assets and services critical for their food security

  • Support rural women for assets creation activities such as seed production, micro irrigation, water harvest ponds, fruit  orchard, NTFP plantation, cash crops production,  market facilities
  • Provide vocational skills credits and services for self-employment and efficient use of land and water management
  • Support training appropriate technology, seed money to purchase small breeding animals to start poultry, goat, and pig farming and agro business activities
  • Assist women farmer’s cooperatives to receive government services such as joint registration of farm land,  irrigation and water storage  and management programme, agriculture /veterinary and marketing services and supporting rural women to access credit

Outcome 2: Rural women have increased income to secure their livelihoods

Output 2.1 Rural women from vulnerable groups in select VDCs have supportive environment for decreasing their drudgery at the household level​

  • Development of advocacy tool and campaign on women’s unpaid care work and shared responsibility
  • Support rural women to access women and environment friendly drudgery reducing assets (Improved cooking stove, solar lighting, improved water mill/storage etc)

Output 2.2 Rural women from vulnerable groups in select VDCs have improved knowledge and skills on agricultural productivity

  • Increase rural women’s access to technical skills,  and sustainable production inputs (such as seeds/ saplings, fertilizer, improved variety /breed), and technologies to increase income through horticulture, livestock and cash crops
  • Support rural women to enhance access and acquire skill and information for multipurpose and diverse forest conservation, harvest and management of forest resources (forage/fodder plants, Timber, NTFP, herbs, livestock etc.) through leasehold forestry and nurseries
  • Support to pilot the coupon system for subsidies in relation to agriculture services

Output 2.3 Rural women in selected VDC’s have enhanced technical and entrepreneurial skills on seeking employment and self-employment

  • Training need assessment for promotion of entrepreneurial and vocational skills and mapping of the business development service (BDS) providers vocational training institutes and Micro Finance Institutes (MFIs)
  • Provide training and orientation on financial literacy including opportunities to optimise sustainable use and investment of  remittance
  •  Support training on entrepreneurship and vocational skills  development in both farm and off-farm sectors optimising sustainable use and investment of  remittance  including local resources/ indigenous skills /technologies (in area such as village based agro-enterprise development ,nursery, agro-vets, seed business, processing and marketing,  agriculture extension and watershed management, solar electricity technology, rural tourism, micro hydro etc).and provide post training support including linkages with BDS and MFIs
  • Promote rural women’s groups to access opportunities in paid ecological services within the framework of climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Sensitisation and training on sexual harassment at workplace,  on safe foreign labour migration
  • Identify and work with the formal sector intermediaries to formalise women cooperatives and self-help groups 

Output 2.4 Selected service delivery agencies have increased knowledge on gender responsive service delivery 

  • Training and orientation for relevant government, non-government, private sector including financial institutions/cooperatives/savings groups and extension service provider for better targeting of rural women and to provide gender responsive services
  • Provide technical assistance to develop and support above mentioned service to implement the gender responsive  guidelines and directives 

Outcome 3: Rural women’s representation, participation and leadership enabled and strengthened in communities, local governance and in shaping policies 

Output 3.1 Networks of rural women strengthened in selected Districts to take on leadership and decision-making opportunities

  • Training in leadership skills, public speaking and life skills.
  • Strengthen rural women’s capacity to form collectives (cooperatives, producer organizations, unions).
  • Build rural women’s capacity to be engaged in Local Adaption Plan of Action (LAPA), LGCDP and other community based clean energy, agriculture, land and forestry planning processes.
  • Create negotiation forums for rural women entrepreneurs to have direct interface with the local government entities and private sector to negotiate for services, access to markets
  • Support rural women’s awareness of existing provisions through establishment of information kiosk near community market
  • Support the participation of rural women, women farmer’s networks, cooperatives in national policy processes and in influencing relevant  international forums 

Output 3.2 Increased capacities of Local government functionaries for gender responsive programming and budgeting

  • Develop the gender responsive budgeting capacity of district functionaries to enhance response for economic empowerment of rural women
  • Support them to institutionalize district level GRB committees in local government machineries
  • Advocate with the local government functionaries to replicate the UN Women One-window model of service provision for rural women

Output 3.3 Private institutions in selected districts have strengthened gender responsive organisation capacity

  • Provide training to private institutions (cooperatives, unions, producer organizations, financial institutions) in gender responsive organizational development including policy on sexual harassment at workplace
  • Support to develop a GESI strategy for private sector to make their corporate governance gender responsive

Output 3.4 Youth clubs and faith based groups and media in selected districts engaged to create an enabling environment to address cultural stereotypes and gender discriminatory customary practices

  • Train Youth clubs, radio listeners group, faith based groups and media  on gender equality, concepts of masculinities and violence against women and support to organise awareness campaign in schools and communities in coordination with women’s networks
  • Facilitate community dialogues of women networks with community leaders, youth clubs, radio listeners group, faith based groups and media

Outcome 4: A more gender responsive policy environment is secured for the economic empowerment of rural women

Output 4.1 Evidence based policy advocacy on the economic empowerment of rural women in climate change context developed

  • Support CBS to generate national level disaggregated gender info base and Synopsis Fact sheet on ‘ Women and economy in Figures’, focusing on rural areas
  • Carry out gap analysis in policies and practices related to land, tax, trade, agriculture as they relate to rural women

Output 4.2 Selected Ministry staff have capacity increased to integrate a gender perspective into the formulation, implementation and monitoring of economic and labour policies

  • Technical Assistance for reviving policy on home-based workers (HBWs) and development of the National Plan of Action
  • Support the Ministry of Labour and Employment with implementation of National Plan of Action on Safe Labour Migration
  • Support Ministry of Agriculture for the development of a GESI based agriculture strategy including the gender responsive monitoring indicators

Output 4.3 Gender equality advocates, Parliamentarians have increased capacity to engender and reflect rural women’s priorities in relevant national economic and labour policies

  • Support the participation of gender advocates, women leaders,  in national policy processes and in influencing relevant  international forums
  • Support the establishment of National level policy dialogue forum to influence economic policies to enhance the economic empowerment of rural women
  • Strengthen the capacity of parliamentarians and policy makers through orientation, South-South dialogue
  • Roundtable policy dialogues
  • Public -parliamentarians/policymakers interface (integrated into media programme as well)

JP partners

Government ministries: Ministry of Agricultural Development, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development.

Other UN agencies: to be determined

Other development organizations: Dialogue initiated with: EC, USAID, DFID, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of Denmark, World Bank, SDC, ADB

Civil society: Rural women’s cooperatives and networks, women farmer’s federations, unions, youth clubs

Others: media, private sectors

Upcoming activities

  • May 2013: Completion of the ProDoc
  • May-June 2013: Bilateral Donor meetings
  • June 2013: Set Up Steering Committee
  • July 2013: National Launch
  • August 2013: Initiate Inception Phase

JP agency focal points (name, title, email, phone number)

FAO: Shrawan Adhikary, Programme Officer, , Ph. +977-1-5523200, ext. 1416 (office) / +977-9841369747 (mobile)

IFAD: Bhasu Aryal, Country Programme Coordinator, , Ph. +977-1-5542607, ext. 4144 (office) /+977-9841240705 (mobile)

UN Women: Sharu Joshi Shrestha, Programme Specialist, , Ph. +977-1-4255110, ext. 105 (office) / +977-9851012262 (mobile)

WFP: Pramila Ghimire, Programme Coordinator, , Ph. +977-1-5260607, ext. 2402 (office) / +977-9851083355 (mobile)