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Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre (KIRDARC) and Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI) together with Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Kathmandu University (KU) is organizing National Conference on Climate Change, Food Security and Freshwater: Tackling Constraints and Nurturing Opportunities in Mountain Region on 15-16 October, 2017 in Jumla, Nepal. Two days conference will have discussion on Food Security, livelihood, Climate Justice, Mountain Disaster, Human Rights, Governance and Policy issues. In addition we will have affected communities from the region to share their stories, experiences and problems.

Mountain region is backward in almost every aspects compared to other zones of the country. Lack of basic services like Irrigation, transportation, market, government’s sufficient support are cumulating the problems in different sectors together with agriculture which has resulted to extended famine and renowned as the effected most by food insecurity. Over half of the population in Mountain is living with food hunger.  The crisis that has afflicted the region for long time has demonstrated just how fragile the food situation is. For families enduring under nutrition and food insecurity as part of their daily life, climate change adds an unbearable additional burden.

This initiative continues effort raised by Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre (KIRDARC) Nepal together with Ministry of Science Technology and Environment (MOSTE) that started in 2014. It was a ‘National Conference on Climate Change and Environmental Threats Protecting Lives and Livelihood of Mountain People ‘in order to draw the attention of policy makers and different government and non-government organizations to promote and protect the rights of mountain people. The Conference came up with 10 point declaration and felt the urgent need of ‘mountain concerned group’ named as Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI) for exclusively advocating mountain issues in Nepal and abroad with representation from all mountainous districts of Nepal. NCSMI is conceptualized as a development initiative owned by civil society and facilitated by local governments to debate, advocate and ensure sustainable mountain development in Nepal.  

This conference is a part of broader collaboration among various government and non-governmental organization to for sharing/learning challenges/opportunities related to food security, climate change, and livelihood issues of mountain people, which are already learned as economic, social and cultural rights.  Various problems have continued to surface in the recent days. Therefore, on the occasion on World Food Day, conference is conceived to garner greater participation, accountability and empowering local people.

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