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Nepal

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  • Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Help communities achieve greater prosperity and food security, decrease social marginalization, and improve environmental sustainability.

The context

Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with nearly a third of citizens living below the national poverty line — less than U.S. $0.25 per day — and another third living on less than $2 per day. Half of the population are youth, and 90 percent of them are unemployed. The country is also at high risk of earthquakes and floods.

Our work

  • Agriculture & Food: Improving incomes of smallholder farmers by expanding access to financial services and supporting production of high-value crops like ginger, cardamom and potato
  • Disaster preparedness: Helping communities identify vulnerabilities and build protections against floods; working with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology to build early warning systems and emergency coordination
  • Children & Youth: Creating school programs that educate children to protect themselves and others in emergencies
  • Women & Gender: Teaching financial literacy so women can develop and expand microenterprises

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