A woman in a colorful outfit stands next to a field of cabbages.

Kalasha Rawal is a poor small farmer from the Sisnari, Surkhet District. The farm provides enough cereals for 3-4 months a year, forcing Kalasha’s husband to leave the village to work in India. The Anukulan Project (2015-19), implemented by iDE, is supported by UKAID’s flagship BRACED climate program. The project helped Kalasha to improve her family’s nutrition, food security, income, and resilience. Using the Commercial Pocket Approach (CPA), Anukulan developed a collection center for market access and services and last-mile Community Business Facilitators (CBFs), plant doctors marketing climate-smart agricultural technologies. Through the local adaptation plan, Anukulan facilitated a Multiple Use Water System (MUS) designed to provide sufficient water for domestic and agricultural use, helping the community cope with climate change caused by erratic rainfall and drought. The photo shows Kalasha growing vegetables using climate-smart agriculture technologies, including drip irrigation to conserve water, a safe yellow sticky trap protecting from increased pest problems caused by climate change, and a tunnel. Kalasha was able to increase her annual income by $700, enabling her husband to return to Nepal. They now work together growing vegetables and raising their daughter. Photo by Bimala Rai Colavito, iDE Volunteer, February 3, 2018.

Kalasha Rawal, farmer from Sisnari Surkhet

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