Lease Land Intervention for Improved Livelihood of Landless and Disadvantaged People project led by MADE-Nepal with the support of Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) for the implement of marginalized, disadvantaged and landless communities of Chitwan district has successfully completed the initial five years. The innovative project aims at improvement in the existing social and economical poverty through various agro-based income generating options specially vegetables and on-farm resource management for self-sustained community development. It was implemented from february 2006 initially in 12 community organizations from 4 (Patihani, Jagatpur, Khairahani, Kathar) VDCs and 1 municipality (Ratnanagar) of Chitwan. The projects experienced the achievements on development of institutional framework and foundation among the community people in the form of community organizations (COs) besides the interventions of income generation activities. At present, the project had expanded in 6 VDCs (Patihani, Jagatpur, Khairahani, Kathar, Baghauda and Shivanagar) and 3 ward (Panchakanya area) of Ratnanagar municipality. A total intervention were made in 47 groups/COs consisted till the end of May 2011 while five COs in Shivanagar (1), Khairani (1), Patihani (1), Kathar (1) and Bagauda (1) VDCs, are also process of registration in PAF. All the members of each group are encouraged to growing vegetables in their own or lease land area either in semi-commercial or in commercial scale through training, exposure visit, technical support etc. Some farmers are also doing goat, pig and buffalo farming and some of them were involved in off-farm income generation activities. Among 52, 8 groups of Khairahani VDC formed a Poverty Alleviation Multi-purpose Cooperative Limited (Garibi Nibaran Bahu-Uddheshiya Sahakari Sangstha) to facilitate the farmers/people residing in rural area. The project is aiming to strengthen coordination among COs to develop cooperative organization for the sustainable development of the community with income generating activities that reduces the poverty of the members, group and ultimately of the nation.
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