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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Overview

To commercialize agriculture, trainings are provided on a regular basis. Not only does the program encourage women to take a more active role in agriculture, it also attracts men interested in improving their farming techniques, providing a space for women and men to work together. After participating in the program, some women farmers have begun their own commercial vegetable productions. Gender roles in the family and community are starting to change as women become successful entrepreneurs in the agricultural industry.

Background

Nari Chetna Kendra Nepal, also known as Women’s Awareness Centre Nepal (WACN), was established in 1991 by a group of women interested in improving the socio-economic status and self-development capacity of disadvantaged people, particularly women and children.  WACN strives to eliminate all forms of violence through action programs that address the root causes of development issues, mainly poverty and female subordination. Specifically, WACN helps rural women start savings and credit cooperatives, together with community-based development activities, to increase their social and economic power. Assisted by WACN’s programs, rural women begin to take an active role in decision-making processes.

Objectives

  • To raise awareness of women’s and children’s potential as powerful and dedicated members of society through gender-sensitive, community-based, development programs.
  • To empower women and children economically and reduce poverty through savings and credit programs.
  • To eliminate violence against women, including trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and superstitions.To create self-sustaining rural communities through the development of sustainable agriculture.
  • To expand training and resource centers in their respective communities.