ICIMOD Headquarters, Kathmandu
17 May 2022 to 19 May 2022
Under our Regional Programme on Adaptation and Resilience Building, we are implementing a new initiative ‘Building Resilience of Agroecosystem and Community Empowerment’ (BRACE) in Karnali and Sudurpashchim provinces of Nepal. BRACE is part of the Green Resilient Agriculture Productive Ecosystems (GRAPE) project. GRAPE is co-funded by the European Union (EU), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). GRAPE’s four fields of action (FAs) – economic governance, action research, roll-out, and upscaling – aim to make agroecosystems more sustainable and climate resilient through innovation and capacity building. ICIMOD is taking the lead in action research (FA 2) and developed BRACE to build the resilience of the agriculture sector in Karnali and Sudurpashchim provinces.
BRACE aims to conduct action research to foster climate-resilient food production and scale proven solutions at the municipal, provincial, and national levels through demonstration, knowledge dissemination, and engagement with policy makers. It further aims to enhance farmers’ access to digital services to anticipate and manage risks, and strengthen market linkages to build resilience and ensure sustainable green economic growth.
In the initial phase, BRACE plans to engage with relevant universities and research institutions to co-identify, co-design, and co-implement collaborative action research, develop a common understanding of key research gaps, and identify potential research topics focusing on the sustainability of agroecological systems and climate-resilient agricultural solutions.
In line with this, we are organizing a workshop to bring together Mid-West University, Far Western University, Agriculture and Forestry University, National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) and BRACE implementing partners – CEAPRED in Karnali and LI-BIRD in Sudur Paschim. During this workshop, we will co-identify priority issues and key research topics related to farms and farmers, including women and marginalized groups, climate change impacts, and co-design the action research and secondary assessments to generate science-based evidence. This evidence will help us replicate and scale solutions through various pathways such as engagement with farmers (women and marginalized groups), cooperatives, municipalities, government departments and ministries, research institutions, practitioners, and the private sector. Furthermore, we expect that findings from the action research, including process documentation and knowledge products on climate-resilient agricultural solutions, will be instrumental in strengthening the adaptive capacity of farmers and in building resilience of the agroecological systems in Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces, and at the national and regional levels.
The primary objective of this partners’ meeting is to reflect on the progress of and develop plans for an project ...