The FOSTER project is being implemented in a municipality and three rural municipalities in Dhading which comprised 7 former VDCs; Naubise, Thakre, Tasarpu, Bhumesthan, Baireni, & Kiranchok. Dhading ranks low in a poverty and infrastructure deprivation index. Dhading district also ranks low in food balance and is recognized as food deficit district. The district is one of the severely affected districts by 2015 earthquake which further exacerbated the condition of smallholder farmers by damaging their livelihood options.

The earthquake has badly affected the livelihood of people in Dhading district disrupting the agricultural production, processing and marketing activities. As agriculture is the key economic activity and major sources of livelihoods for the people in the district, it is therefore very crucial to establish an efficient agricultural environment to transform the agriculture sector so that the affected people could revitalize the farming and build back better. Besides, as agriculture in the proposed project sites is largely of subsistence nature, there is a requirement of capacitating and supporting farmers towards commercialization of agriculture which can lead to diversification of their livelihood. This project targets to achieve it through proper mobilization of the local resources, formation and strengthening of farmers group, development of local resource person and resource centers, construction and rehabilitation of community infrastructures, improved agricultural technologies and practices and market development

Coverage: Dhading District Dhunibesi Municipality, Thakre Rural Municipality, Galchhi Rural Municipality, Gajuri Rural Municipality, Benighat-Rorang Rural Municipality

Project Duration: 2017-2020

Beneficiaries: Directly: 1,800 households; Indirect- 3,600 households 

Key Donors: ADRA International, Canadian Food Grain Bank (CFGB), ADRA Canada,

Budget: NPR 79,888,553

Strategic Partner: Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Nepal (ADRA Nepal)

Implementing Partner: RIMS Nepal, Baireni, Dhading

Immediate Outcome

  • Improved institutional and technical capacities of farmer groups
  • Increased adoption of improved agricultural technologies
  • Increased adoption of improved practices in livestock health and management
  • Improved access of farmers to input and output market Improvement and rehabilitation work in agriculture infrastructures.

Key Actions and Deliverables 

  • Establish 8 Multi-Use Water Systems (MUS), 20 Water harvesting ponds
  • Formation and activation of farmers group through a participatory process and progress in agriculture and sustain the activities after the project.
  • Demonstration of new technologies (poly- house, micro-irrigation technologies), vegetable plantation and varietal selection.
  • Support breeding buck to improve local goat breeds.
  • Promote saving and credit mechanism in farmer groups.
  • System strengthening of 4 vegetable collection centers.
  • Improved goat rearing training 900 farmers in improved vegetable farming practices and technologies.
  • Support 900 farmers in improved goat management practices
  • Training 900 farmers in kitchen gardening
  • Training 45 farmers to be as leader farmers (50% women) to serve the community.
  • Provide result-oriented leadership training to farmers group leaders.
  • Construction of a school building (Two storey RC framed building with 4 classrooms)