Founded on June 10, 2014, Eco-Reach Foundation was created to serve as a community platform that aims to improve the lives of the people of Nepal through inclusive and holistic programs that nurture one’s individuality, strength, and potential.And because we believe that holistic change cannot happen without nourishing the society we live in, our team also spearheads a wide range of sustainable programs that nourishes our environment and our economy, ultimately improving the quality of life for more people in Nepal.We are a non-profit, non-political organization, filled with active and dedicated volunteers that share one dream: to help build a better and more inclusive Nepal that contributes positive global impact.
Projects and Programs
Sustainability in Agriculture (SIA)
Sustainability in agriculture sector needs some radical changes because modern agriculture has severely impacted different aspects of agro- ecosystem. In Nepal, people are still practicing traditional agricultural practices, but they are very subsistence and need commercialization. Hence, using traditional skills of Nepalese farming system with modern sustainable agriculture techniques so that Nepalese farming system can prosper. This way the livelihood of smallholder’s farmers can be improved.
Develop and institutionalize the concept of organic agriculture, agro- tourism, Eco-friendly energy solution and climate smart agriculture in Nepal by mobilizing and empowering local community in rural income generating enterprises.
Eco-friendly agriculture and energy sector of Nepal leading to improvement of overall life quality of people.
Widen, improved, sustainable livelihood options for poor and disadvantaged communities in a gender-sensitive and environment- friendly manner.
· Research, publication, and mobilization in the field of Nature Conservation.
· Documentation and conservation of biodiversity
· Promotion of alternative energy
· Promotion of agro-forestry, biochar, and ecological methods for carbon sequestration
· Promotion of organic farming
· Mitigation of climate change impacts in farming level
· Promotion of volunteering in the nature conservation
· Promotion on development of Eco-tourism and green village
· Conservation of land and water resources and it’s biodiversity
Primary beneficiaries include local smallholder farmers. The secondary beneficiaries consist of private sector organizations and business communities engaged in organic agriculture and value chain; and local NGOs, CBOs, cooperatives, and other types of community groups that can serve as conduits for development service delivery at the local level.
Eco Reach Foundation would use three main strategies to reach its goals.
(i) social mobilization
Social mobilization is the process of bringing together allies to raise awareness of and demand for a particular programme, to assist in the delivery of resources and services and to strengthen community participation for sustainability and self-reliance
(ii) capacity development
Capacity development is the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time.
(iii) local institution building
Institution building consists of two parts, activities that are ‘organisational building’ that improve organisational performance, and other activities that are ‘intended to change the mechanisms through which societies are regulated’.
Socio-Economic Vulnerability and Poverty
In Nepal 82.5% of the population are living below the poverty line. Their mainstay of livelihoods is agriculture, which depends largely on weather and climate change sensitive factors like forest resources and water resources. Livelihoods of forest-based people are projected to be seriously challenged due to climate change resulting in loss of and and land productivity. Events such as forest fires, floods, landslides, and drought are prominent risks. Forest is very much attached with the ago-ecosystem of Nepal. Hence, overall Socio-Economic vulnerability and poverty of Nepalese smallholders’ farmers can be wiped out if the wise management of these resources are done. Eco-Reach Foundation has therefore recognized Socio-Economic Vulnerability and Poverty of People as an important thematic area for the proper management of natural resources and livelihood improvement.
Climate Change mitigation/Adaptation
Climate variability and risks have always been a part of agriculture, due to which farmers have developed many ways of managing risks. Climate change introduces a new dimension to the problem. The continued availability and use of agro-biodiversity in Nepalese farming, particularly by smallholder farmers, is likely to play an important role in adaptation to climate change. Communities maintain rich species and intra-specific crop diversity both to help manage climatic adversity and meet their other needs. Forest, home gardens, agroforestry (with richness of fodder trees) and productive fields all embed diversity rich maintenance and use practices that increase adaptability and reduce vulnerability. Traditional farming system management practices and farmers’ innovations are clearly a key element in local adaptation to climate change. While scientists and policymakers work to find solutions, local farmers have already amassed considerable experience of how to cope, based on their observation and experimentation in the field. So, it is very important to document the adaptation practices that have been evolved in the farmers’ fields. Eco-Reach Foundation will help farmers to identify coping strategies using their own skills and resources. It will also promote the traditional farming system with modern technology and skills. So that subsistence type of farming system would change in commercial farming.
Natural Resources Management
Nepalese traditional agro-ecosystem is very much attached with its natural Eco-system. All the inputs in Nepalese farm are directly derived from its natural Eco-system. So, it is very important to balance the existing relation of natural Eco-system. It is very important to manage natural resources which have direct impact on farming system. For an instance forest and river are very important aspect of Nepalese farming system. If these could not be managed farming system will be collapsed. So, Eco-Reach Foundation is always concerned with the conservation of watersheds, rivers, rivulets, forests, and forest based agro-ecosystem.
Research and Policy/Plan
Eco-Reach Foundation has its aim to prioritize Action/Policy Research on conservation agriculture and climate change mitigation/adaptation of Agriculture sector. It will make policy recommendations to development partners such as government organizations and donors’ agencies after its research in conservation agriculture. It will also work with local communities and motivate and mobilize them in more conservative and organic farming system which would be more sustainable. Besides, it will also publish research articles and policy briefs in natural resources conservation and sustainable farming system particularly concerned with smallholders’ farmers of Nepal.