We propose to elucidate spatial and temporal dimensions of the adaptive capacity of farmers and livestock keepers vulnerable to exposure of climate and other livelihood stressors, and link this understanding to locally relevant climate adaptation portfolio in the Gandaki River Basin of the Western region of Nepal. Our vision is to build the capacity of livestock keepers to sustain their livelihoods in the face of climatic change by generating locally relevant knowledge, enhancing coping capacities, and improving the resilience of the crop-livestock systems. This collaborative project will be conducted by an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners from Arizona State University and University of Hawaii in the U.S.A, a non-governmental organization in Nepal: Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development; two Nepalese government entities: Regional Directorates of the Department of Livestock Services, Western Region and the Regional Agriculture Research Station; and a university in Nepal: Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science. This research both builds on and draws from the experience of a seed grant currently underway in Nepal, and consists of three interlinked activities: a) knowledge production through shared learning; b) understanding of practices that maintain and/or enhance ecosystem resilience; and c) capacity building through co-production of knowledge. We expect this research to converge on USAIDs Feed the Future initiatives to achieve food security while improving livelihoods of farmers and livestock keepers in Nepal. Findings from this project will allow researchers, practitioners and communities to foster adaptive capacity by highlighting experience, strategic responses, and governance structure for adaptation planning.
|Effective start/end date||7/15/12 → 9/30/15|
- US Agency for International Development (USAID): $345,163.00
research and development