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Nepal is vulnerable to impacts of climate change as experienced through recurrent natural disasters such as floods, landslides and droughts. Majority of the working population are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Subsistence agriculture is often practiced by rural communities who often rely on the climatic conditions and traditional farming practices. In the past years, changes in the climatic conditions such as, warmer winters, interpreted rainfall patterns and warmer temperature have greatly affected agriculture productivity and disrupted the planting seasons leading to crop failure and food shortages.
To build a more resilient community to the impacts of climate change and improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Surkhet region, innovative and creative ways are needed to communicate adaptation action that supports sustainable livelihoods.
The slides and video shared below are part of a Master thesis project that was supported by the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) and InsightShare. HPC supports rural community livelihoods through the promotion of permaculture techniques. Additionally, HPC promotes sustainable livelihood options such as the use of improved cooking stove, which minimizes risks of respiratory diseases and uses minimal firewood. On the other hand, InsightShare uses participatory video techniques to support trans-formative action.
It is important to note that the video and slides presented below are part of a series of projects within HPC. The main focus of these projects are on permiculture techniques and less on climate adaptation practices. Nevertheless, the tools presented in this video and through the slides provide an insight that could potentially provide inspiration for further development and incorporation of climate adaptation practices for rural communities in Nepal and globally. Therefore, the following video and slideshare incorporates use of participatory video and action research as tools to promote permaculture farming techniques and the use of improved cooking stoves among farmer groups in Surkhet region.