The ELIVES project aimed to support poor rural households in the four districts (Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi and Mahottari) in the Central Terai district of Nepal. The link between poverty, food insecurity, and nutrition is strong, with poor landless households often lacking the resources required to access and consume enough nutritious food.

ADRA began implementing the ELIVES project in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, which further exacerbated the food insecurity and poverty in Terai and the rest of the country. This 3 year project was jointly funded by DFID and ADRA UK, the project combines key strengths of project partners- ADRA Nepal, iDE and FORWARD Nepal and district based partners (LNGO) to enhance livelihoods and income for poor and marginalised smallholder farmers with a focus on women and socially excluded groups in particular, Dalits, Janajati and Madhesi.

This project successfully increased incomes of over 30,000 smallholder households establishing vegetable and livestock value chains, and access to financial services for 17,000 female headed households (micro-finance and insurance) through cooperatives.


Donor: EU

Start date: 01/05/2015

End date: 31/06/2018

Grant amount: €1,350,000

ADRA-UK match: €450,000

Total budget: €1,800,000

Partner: iDE, FORWARD

Implementing office: ADRA Nepal