Food For Enterprise Program

Food for Enterprise Program (World Food Programme)
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TMI worked in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme to provide food and community-development assistance to food insecure regions of Nepal. Since February 2008, TMI delivered over 13.6 million pounds of rice and lentils to over twenty thousand farming families in extremely remote villages affected by severe drought. In addition to the food, the communities worked on projects developed with TMI‘s assistance, including improvements to community schools and trails, community agriculture and irrigation projects, and water-driven gristmills. These projects met basic but critical needs, and helped create the foundations for community-driven enterprise. 


By end of June 2010, TMI completed programs in over fifty village development committees, located mainly in the Humla, Mugu, Jumla and Dolpo districts. Food was used as currency in exchange for unskilled labor, helping families meet four months of their annual food needs.


Community projects completed include:

  • Eleven agricultural land improvement projects covering 12 hectares
  • Forty irrigation canal construction /improvement projects that irrigate 160 hectares of agricultural land
  • Twenty-two trail improvement projects that improved over 30 kilometers of trails
  • Forty school support programs
  • Five community bridges
  • Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) cultivation and conservation training to 1200 farmers
  • Market study of medicinal and aromatic crops and other cash crops
  • Farmer-to-farmer visits to east Nepal medicinal and aromatic crop sites
  • Feasibility study and pilot on minimum tillage (Simikot)Support for distribution of micro-nutrient packets to children in all four districts (serving approximately 15,000 children under 60 months of age)