Improving Livelihoods and Enhancing Resilience of the Rural Poor in the Hindu Kush Himalayas to Environmental and Socio-economic Changes (AdaptHimal)


To reduce rural poverty in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and enhance the resilience of the poor, especially women to social, economic and environmental change 


  • To assess the impacts of socioeconomic and environmental change on the poor m mountain areas of HKH region and to identify appropriate adaptation mechanisms 
  • To pilot test and validate innovative livelihood options (e.g. high value chains, harnessing remittances for microenterprise development) for the mountain poor to respond to socioeconomic and environmental challenges 
  • To enhance capacities of partner institutions to respond to socioeconomic and environmental challenges through knowledge management and knowledge sharing. 


  • Improved targeting, design of development interventions and policy refinements by national partners using results of the poverty and vulnerability assessments to enable the poor to adapt to and benefit from change 
  • The poor and disadvantaged are better Integrated into markets through strengthened synergies between poor producers and the non-farm sector following the uptake of innovative, gender sensitive and pro-poor options (e.g. high value chains, harnessing remittances for microenterprise development) by IFAD loan projects and their partners 
  • National partners better equipped to tailor Interventions for scaling up and refining policies and practices that enable the poor to respond to socioeconomic and environmental change 


  • Targeting the poor and vulnerable in the mountain context 
  • Promotion of innovative livelihood strategies 
  • Enhancing capacities and integrated knowledge management 
Geographical coverage
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal 
AdaptHimal is operational in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal with different IFAD investment/loan projects and technical agencies. It works mostly with IFAD funded loan projects in India and Nepal,  and works with government agencies and NGOs in Bangladesh and Myanmar. AdaptHimal’s country-specific partnerships with IFAD loan projects and collaborating technical agencies and/or government ministries are outlined here under:

Country Partnerships with IFAD loan projects and others Corresponding Ministry/
Bangladesh Khagrachari Hill Development Council (KHDC) Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA) & Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE)
India North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for Upland Areas (NERCORMP), Shillong. North Eastern Council (NEC) DoNER, Gol
Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) & Livelihoods and Access to Market Proiect (LAMP) Government of Meghalaya, Planning Department  
Tata Institute of Social Science TISS   
Resources Center for Sustainable Development (RCSD)   
Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation   
Himalayan Action Research Centre, Dehradun   
Myanmar Chin Organisation for Rural and Agriculture Development (CORAD)  
Group of Research and Exchange of Technologies (GRET)   
Nepal Western Uplands Poverty Alleviation Project (WUPAP) Ministry of Cooperatives and poverty Alleviation
High Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas (HVAP) Ministry of Agricultural Development  
Improved Seed for Farmers Program (ISFP) Ministry of Agricultural Development  
Adaptation for Smallholders in Hilly Areas (ASHA) Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation  
Center for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM)   


March 2014 to March 2017 

Financial Support


Suman Bisht
Programme Coordinator, AdaptHimal