Enhancing Water Productivity for Agriculture and Adapting to Climate Change in Food Insecure Areas - Practical Experiences from Far and Mid West Nepal

Authors

  • Kaisa Seppänen Field Specialist of RVWRMP-II
  • Chakra Bahadur Chand Sustainable Livelihoods Specialist of RVWRMP

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hn.v11i1.7205

Keywords:

Water Use Master Plan, Far and Mid Western Nepal, climate change adaptation, food security, Nepal

Abstract

The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project Phase II (RVWRMP-II) works in some of the most remote, food insecure and water scarce areas of Nepal, where the impacts and effects of climate change are already visible. The farmers of the project region are dependent on rain-fed agriculture. Large parts of the project area (parts of Humla and Bajura Districts, for instance) depend on food aid.

In Phase II, specific attention is being paid to climate change adaptation, efficient use of water for agriculture, and food security and nutrition.

RVWRMP facilitates communities to design and implement Water Use Master Plans (WUMP). One of the objectives of a WUMP is to optimize the use of water for agriculture. Micro-irrigation, rain water harvesting, multi-use schemes, using drainage water from tap stands for home gardens and organic fertilizers are some of the ways to improve the food security in the communities. Water source protection, watershed conservation, soil protection and crop selection are key technical areas of interest to enable adaptation to the anticipated changes in climate.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/hn.v11i1.7205

Hydro Nepal Special Issue: Conference Proceedings 2012 pp.54-58

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Published

2012-04-12

How to Cite

Seppänen, K., & Chand, C. B. (2012). Enhancing Water Productivity for Agriculture and Adapting to Climate Change in Food Insecure Areas - Practical Experiences from Far and Mid West Nepal. Hydro Nepal: Journal of Water, Energy and Environment, 11(1), 54–58. https://doi.org/10.3126/hn.v11i1.7205