Name of the Project

Agricultural Recovery of Earthquake Affected Families in Dhading District – AREA Project

Thematic Area

Project Background

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April 2015 which caused loss of 8,856 human lives, serious injuries to 22,309 people and destruction of around 780,000 houses. The earthquake affects approximately half of the country and among them 7 districts were the hardest hit.
Dhading, as one of the 7 hardest hit districts, has a sizable population of indigenous and highly marginalized groups of people and the following three major issues were identified during the need assessment:
1. Decline in agricultural production due to damage of infrastructures, degradation of land and loss of livestock and crops
2. Limited knowledge and capacity of the targeted communities to start or diversify livelihood options for building back better
3. Weak linkage in input and output supply chain.

In this project, ADRA Switzerland collaborates with ADRA Nepal and Resource Identification and Management Society (RIMS) Nepal for planning, implementation and monitoring.
The main objective of the project is to support earthquake affected Chepang, Tamang and other marginal communities of Dhading district to recover their livelihoods. The outcome target is to increase at least 630 household’s income opportunities through improved access to input, technology and services, and strengthened linkages with financial services. Similarly, the outcome will generate at least 3,000 additional employment days from Cash for Work scheme during rehabilitation/construction work of damaged/new infrastructures. The project is designed to have increased income from new or expanded income generating activities of farmers that would have greater resources and capabilities to absorb shocks and stresses if similar disaster occurs in future.
Donors Swiss Solidarity/ADRA Switzerland

Implementing Partner

Resource Identification and Management Society (RIMS Nepal)


USD 232,770
CHF 230,849

Project Period

April 2017 – November 2018

The geographic area of the project

– Dhunibesi Municipality
– Thakre Rural Municipality
– Benighat Rorang Rural Municipality

630 HHs
3,638 individuals

Project Goal

Strengthening the resilience of the marginalized Community by recovering their livelihoods, which are earthquake affected in Dhading District, Nepal.

Major Outcomes

Increased income opportunities to earthquake-affected households through rehabilitation of community infrastructures.
Improved access to input, technology and services
Strengthened linkages with financial services.