The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a business literacy program aiming to build the USAID’s previous efforts and to reduce hunger, poverty and improved nutrition by providing training to women, youth and marginalized communities in Nepal.
The three years program (2014-2017) will operate in 20 districts of western, mid-western and far-western regions.
Finance Minister Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat launched the program amid a program in Kathmandu Friday.
Addressing the program, Minister Mahat said that illiteracy and poverty are the main challenges for the country and expressed hope that this program will address these problems properly.
Stating that many programs in different sectors are being implemented but they are making people dependent. Mahat, in this backdrop, advised the program implementing agencies to make people themselves more productive and help them genuinely to reduce poverty.
Beth Dunford, USAID Nepal Mission Director said there is no doubt that when the status of women improves, agriculture productivity increases, poverty is reduced and nutrition improves for their entire family. “This program will be helpful for them to achieve these all.”
“We know from the previous experiences that linking health, nutrition and entrepreneurial literacy activities with agriculture greatly increases the chances of lifting people out of poverty,” she further said.
This program aims to build the skills of 48,000 people in these regions in literacy, numeracy, entrepreneurship and financial management.
The program worth USD 4.9 million is a part of US government’s Feed the Future Initiative in Nepal. In the first phase, this program will be implemented in Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan, and Surkhet districts.
Likewise, in the second phase, it will be implemented in Achham, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Doti, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Arghakanchi, Gulmi, Kapilvastu and Palpa districts.
The program will be implemented by two NGOs – DEPROSC-Nepal and Samjhauta Nepal in coordination with the Non-formal Education Center of the government, concerned District Education Offices and the Village