New publication aims to advance rural development and sustainability in Nepal

More than 80 percent of Nepal’s population lives in villages – which means that improvement to Nepal’s economy cannot happen without improving the economy of rural areas. A newly-published book takes a broad look at rural livelihoods in Nepal – linking diverse disciplines such as agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, environment, tourism, gender, energy, health, equity and rural development.

Dr. Ambika P. Adhikari, an affiliate faculty member in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, co-edited the book, Sustainable Livelihood Systems in Nepal. Together with co-editor Dr. Govinda Dahal and 3 associate editors (Dr. Ishara Mahat, Dr. Bishwa Regmi and Dr. Kalidas Subedi), Adhikari and the team have gathered the voluntary work of 36 Nepali Diaspora authors from Canada, USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Nepal and published them in this volume.

The book uses an interdisciplinary approach that synthesizes knowledge using topic-specific evidence and rigorous research processes. The editors hope that the book will help fill a conspicuous gap in the area of interdisciplinary analysis targeted at promoting sustainable rural development in developing countries. Many educational institutions in Nepal and a few other countries have already shown interest to use the volume as a reference text for the students interested in rural development, economic development, sustainability, agriculture and climate change. The initial reception to the book has been encouraging to the authors and publishers.

Unlike a typical textbook, the publication deals with a comprehensive list of factors that are key for rural livelihoods and development, ranging from land degradation and soil fertility decline to community forestry and health insurance in the context of a changing rural development schemes.

The book, jointly published by the Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is intended to be used by students, academics, policy-makers, practitioners, rural entrepreneurs and researchers who are interested in the livelihood systems in Nepal and similar developing countries.

More information about the publication, including excerpts of the text, and how to obtain a copy of the book is available here: