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For the love of learning: A Dalit woman’s struggle to live her dream
  Text: Lorina Sthapit  Photos: Kaushal Shrestha © IFAD In conservative societies of rural Nepal where families consider sons more valuable, daughters miss out on education. Girls are married off at a very young age, a fate that befalls many rural women, resulting in high illiteracy rates and inability to be self–reliant and independent. It poses even graver problems for...
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PERSEVERANCE – Out of poverty, and towards changing forest policies
Kaushal Shrestha and Lorina Sthapit, IFAD Nepal Leasehold forestry (LF) is a unique property rights regime that enables poor and food insecure households to gain access to degraded forestland on a 40-year renewable lease, and thereby generate income from forest products, livestock, and ecosystem services. The programme first began in 1992 with the IFAD funded Hills Leasehold Forestry...
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