ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Leasehold Forestry in Nepal

While community forestry schemes have had a limited impact on securing poor livelihoods, the leasehold forestry system based on the allocation of a portion of community forest to the poor, including women, has had a positive impact on livelihoods. A project in Nepal has the dual objective of raising incomes of poor families in the hill regions through the production of fodder and fuel and improving the ecological conditions of the hills. Surveys since the project was introduced have indicated an increase in the average period of food self-sufficiency in every involved household. The increase in local food security was also reflected in a decline in migration; there were also indirect effects due to the decrease in women's time spent in fodder and fuel collection.

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