Centre for Agro-Ecology and Development (CAED) is a non-profit, non-religious, non-partisan and non-governmental human rights-based organization working in remote, disadvantaged areas of Nepal. It was founded in 1992 by a group of Nepali and foreign development professionals who joined hands to initiate community development work in the Chepang area of Chitwan district. The intent was to respond to the growing agricultural and ecological crisis and ameliorate its impact on these underserved Chepang people. Through the course of time the local communities with whom CAED worked, shaped its development.
CAED has been undertaking human rights-based holistic programmes in remote districts in eastern, central and mid-western terai, hills and Karnali regions of Nepal with marginalized communities for more than 15 years, focusing on better utilizing local and non-material resources. CAED’s approach combines both an emphasis on meeting basic economic and health needs along with right’s based empowerment. CAED has helped improve people’s livelihood through increasing productivity and sustainability of local resource base and worked to enhance individual and community analytical capability then empower marginalized groups to organize themselves and engage in civic action around issues they have identified.
CAED considers itself a part of civil society and is sensitive to Nepal’s complex multicultural environment. It is highly-reflective and holds self-learning as fundamental to organizational development. CAED is staffed with a diverse cadre of workers representing an array of ethnic groups, professional backgrounds, and gender. The array of staff experience with national and international as well as government and non-government organizations enhances their work at the grassroot level. The staff’s direct and ongoing contact with community organisations is essential to fuel and inspire them through endless challenges and guides the direction of the institution.