Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) 2009-2010 Annual Report

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) is a non-profit making non-governmental organization established in 1995 in Nepal. LIBIRD capitalises on local initiatives to sustainably manage renewable natural resources, and to improve livelihoods of resource-poor people.

LI-BIRD is proud to present its annual report for the period from 16 July 2009 to 15 July 2010. The year was productive and successful in reaching out to their impact groups and achieving target goals through several projects under five programmes:
i) Agricultural Innovations for Livelihood Security,
ii) Biodiversity for Sustainable Livelihoods,
iii) Ecosystem Health and Services,
iv) Policy and Social Research for Wider and Inclusive Impacts, and
v) Knowledge Management and Capacity Building.

Through implementation of more than 25 projects under these programmes, they were able to enhance food security, increase household incomes, and improve livelihoods of more than 50 thousand households in their project sites in Nepal.

Major achievements under the Agricultural Innovations for Livelihood Security programme include crop improvements in rice and maize leading to four pipeline rice varieties, identification of 12 promising lines of ricebean (Vigna umbellata Thunb.), increased income and reduced migration in landless communities, identification and promotion of local innovations and production, and marketing of seeds of rice, wheat and different legumes by community based seed production (CBSP) groups.

Achievements in the Biodiversity for Sustainable Livelihoods programme include the adoption of guidelines for home garden by the Department of Agriculture and the allocation of programme budget for home garden promotion in at least seven districts by respective District Agriculture Development Offices (DADOs). Through LI-BIRD’s partnership, 10
DADO partners and four NGO partners are implementing community based biodiversity management (CBM) in Nepal as well as in…(to know more, download the Annual report here)

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