Funding for Nepal Research Announced

The Livestock-Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program (LCC CRSP) at Colorado State University is awarding more than $1.5 million (about $450,000 each) to four U.S. universities and their host-country partners in South Asia to improve the livelihoods of small-scale livestock producers in Nepal and the surrounding region.The LCC CRSP was created in May 2010 through a $15 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded to CSU and managed through the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The goal of the program is to pursue interdisciplinary research and education that improve the livelihoods of small-scale livestock producers through strategies that build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The specific projects selected for funding and their anticipated impacts are listed below:

PI: Netra Chhetri, Arizona State University Partners: University of Hawaii, and in Nepal: Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (Li-Bird), Dept. of Livestock Services (DLS), Regional Agricultural Research Station, and Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS)

Nepali farmers face a range of socio-economic stresses, including population growth, a low level of technology usage, and a labor exodus, that compound the impact of climatic change. The goal of this research is to better understand how livestock keepers can remain resilient to longterm climate change while coping with daily challenges to their wellbeing and livelihood in the Gandaki River Basin (GRB) of Nepal.

PI: Rob Gillies, Utah State University Partners: Helen Keller International

This  transdisciplinary research program will focus on adapting livestock systems and community organizations to climate change in the Far Western hill and Terai regions of Nepal. It will link climate assessments with data on food security, agriculture, and markets in all districts of the Far Western regions.

PI: Nanda Joshi, Michigan State University Partners: Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC)

Buffaloes are the most important large ruminants in Nepal, contributing more than 70% of milk and 65% of meat production. The research outcomes from this project will help local farmers better adapt to the impact of climate change by increasing buffalo milk and meat productivity through improved feeding strategies.

PI: Nir Krakauer, The City University of New York (CUNY) Partners: Small Earth Nepal and Managment Support  Services (MASS)

This project will downscale climate variability over the GRB to much higher resolution (1-10 km) than has been done until now. The results of this analysis will provide a better understanding of how climate change is impacting the economies and ecosystems that are essential to the livelihood of livestock keepers in Nepal.