Promoting climate-resilient economic growth in Western Nepal

Programme description

Title: Local and Provincial Economic Development – Green Resilient Agricultural Productive Ecosystems (LPED-GRAPE)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-financed by: European Union (EU), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Country: Nepal
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MoLCPA, Nepal)
Overall term: 2019 to 2024

1. Picture Cooperative members harvesting vegetables from a dry riverbed Foto GIZ-LPED


While Nepal is the fourth most vulnerable country to the impacts of climate change, its potential for economic development is closely linked to its capacity to adapt to such impacts. 66 per cent of the Nepali labor force work in agriculture while only generating 27 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). People working in agriculture in Western Nepal are amongst the poorest. In Karnali Province the average yearly income in agriculture stands below 200 Euros. In a newly federalised state, municipalities play an important role in shaping the future. They need to work closely with knowledge and research organisations and value chain actors.


Climate resilient, green local economic growth of Sudurpashchim and Karnali provinces is promoted.


The project supports Nepal to improve framework conditions for inclusive local economic development and to adapt agricultural practices to climate change. This is to improve the incomes of marginalised households. Socially disadvantaged groups and women in particular should benefit from greater participation in value chains.

The project focuses on four fields of action:

  1. Supporting municipalities to shape climate smart agricultural development.  
  2. Further developing market-oriented and location-appropriate innovations.
  3. Adopting sustainable approaches to value-chain development identified through action research.
  4. Disseminating instruments and best practices to a wider group of stakeholders.  

The project is going to work in 26 selected municipalities of Lumbini, Karnali and Sudurpashchim Provinces until December 2022 and will then focus its work on 19 municipalities of Karnali and Sudurpashchim provinces until December 2024.


Last update: October 2021

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