Who We Are

The Centre for Agro-Ecology and Development (CAED) is a non-profit, non-religious, non-partisan and non-governmental human rights-based organization 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 people. Through the course of time the local communities with whom CAED worked, shaped its development.
 
CAED has been undertaking rights-based holistic programmes in remote parts 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-based and worked to enhance individual and community analytical capability then empower marginalized groups to 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.
 

CAED's Timeline

 
1992
  • CAED established
  • Started its first program - SEACOW in Kandrang Watershed Area, Lothar Village Development Committee (VDC) of Chitwan, support from Flemish Individuals in Belgium 
  • Establishment of EcoNepal vzw (EN), a support group in Belgium
1993
  • Establishment of Stichting EcoSchool in Nepal (SEN), a support group in the Netherlands
  • EN & SEN jointly start supporting SEACOW
1994
  • Oxfam UK/I (Oxfam United Kingdom and Ireland, now Oxfam GB) supports part of SEACOW activities
1995
  • Emergence of Kandrang Chepang Community (KCC) in Lothar
1996
  • Conversion of SEACOW's NTFP enterprise promotion wing to Alternative Herbal Products (AHP)
1997
  • Termination of Oxfam UK/I funding
  • Establishment of Alternative Herbal Products (AHP) in order to promote NTFP-based community enterprises
1998
  • Started Praja NTFP Action Research Programme (PNARP)  in  5 adjoining VDCs of Lothar under PCDP/ SNV-Nepal (Netherlands Development Organisation/Praja Capacity Development Programme) funding; emergence of Chepang Cooperative (Praja Cooperative Ltd/PCL) through PNARP in Chitwan
  • Beginning of Sustainable Livelihood Programme (SLP) in 5 VDCs of southern Achham in the far west region of Nepal under LLINK/Helvetas (Linking Local Initiatives to New Know-how/Swiss Development Organization) funding
2000
  • Merger of PNARP components and Resource and Awareness Enhancement Programme (RAEP) of Lothar as Chepang Interest  Programme (CIP); started process of handing over the work to KCC; EN & SEN support continues
  • Termination of SEACOW-PNARP program with PCDP/SNV-Nepal 
  • Incorporation of Participatory Bio-mass based Soil Enrichment Programme (PBSEP) in SLP
  • Beginning of Forest Rights Program (FRP) in 3 districts (Udaypur, Siraha and Saptari districts) in Churia range to support CFUGs and local NGOs on community forestry under  ChFDP/GTZ (Churia Forest Development Project/German Technical Cooperation)
  • Beginning of Southern Achham Comprehensive Contraceptives Programme (SACCP) in SLP area under World Population Institute-USA funding; 
  • Initiation of f Uterine Prolapse program with funding from GTZ-Nepal in Accham district, far-west region, Nepal
2001
  • Emergence of Dalit Empowerment Committee (DEC) in Achham due to the intervention of SLP
  • Emergence of Bael (Aegle marmelos) fruits processing enterprises in Siraha and Saptari districts for the first time in Nepal under FRP/ChFDP
2002
  • Beginning of the second phase of SLP in Achham with joint financial support of Fastenopfer (The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund) and LLINK/Helvetas; process of handing over SLP's work to DEC started
2003
  • Handover of SEACOW's work and Wasbang Farm to KCC; technical support to KCC continues; EN & SEN support continues
  • Handover of SLP's work in southern Achham to DEC; adoption of fast track route from Surkhet to complete the takeover process by DEC; closure of SLP's field-based activities due to increasing control of the rebellions in the area
  • SLP supported 10 LLINK's partner NGOs to take up the issue of uterus prolapse and agriculture in Surkhet district
2004
  • SLP started supporting 18 LLINK's partner NGOs in Dailekh, Jajarkot and Doti to disseminate its experiences of working in southern Achham and support on taking up the issues of social justice, uterine prolapse as one of the entry point to gender discrimination issues and community forestry/NTFPs with joint funding from Fastenopfer and LLINK/Helvetas 
  • Termination of ChFDP/GTZ funding and phase out of FRP
2005
  • Beginning of Women’s Reproductive Rights Program (WRRP) in Siraha and Saptari districts with the financial support of Fastenopfer
  • Beginning of Chepang Mainstreaming Programme (CMP) in Chitwan, Makwanpur, Dhading and Gorkha districts with technical support to Nepal Chepang Asociation (NCA) on the theme of education under ICCO-the Netherlands funding; CIP continues with EN & SEN support
  • Collaboration with ,RSDC, one of  LLINK's partner NGOs, to take forward the issue of uterine prolapse in Banke and Bardiya districts
2007
  • Closure of field-based community forestry/NTFP activities in Dailekh, Jajarkot and Doti due to political armed conflict situation; 
  • Collaboration with RSDC ended due to phase out of Fastenopfer and LLINK/Helvetas support
  • SLP's support to LLINK partners in Achham started on the issues of uterus prolapse and gender discrimination and caste-based discrimination 
  • Phase out of CMP
2008
  • Beginning of Karnali Livelihood Empowerment Programme (KLEP) comprising of two components- Dhainakot Livelihood Empowerment Programme and Local NGO Support Programme in Mugu with the financial support of Fastenopfer
  • Completion of the first phase of WRRP in Siraha and Saptari districts; 
  • CIP continues focusing on the issues of 'education for all Chepangs' with technical support to NCA and KCC undertaking program with  4 schools in Chitwan, Dhading and Gorkha as model schools; 
  • Beginning of technical support to LFS (Little Flower Society) in Makwanpur on the issues of Chepangs' education 
2009
  • Beginning of the second phase of WRRP
2010
  • End of inception phase of KLEP
  • Beginning of Women’s Reproductive Rights Program-West (WRRP-W) in Surkhet and Jajarkot districts with the financial support of Asian Aid Organization (AAO) Australia
2011
  • Beginning of the first phase of KLEP
  • Completion of the second phase of WRRP
2012
  • Beginning of the third phase of WRRP
  • WRRP started widening UP issues to outreach districts such as Sunsari, Mahottari, etc.
  • Widened coverage of WRRP-W to Dailekh district
2013
  • Completion of the first phase of KLEP
2014
  • Beginning of the second phase of KLEP
  • Completion of the third phase of WRRP
2015
  • Beginning of a brand new version of WRRP with base districts Sarlahi and Khotang
2016
  • Completion of the second phase of KLEP
  • Beginning of Women, Girl and Child Rights Program (WoGCRP) built on WRRP-W
2017
  • Beginning of phase-over of KLEP in Mugu
  • Expanded coverage of KLEP to Dolpa district (phase-in of KLEP in Dolpa)
 

Our Vision

  • A self-sufficient, equitable and just society.

Our Mission 

  • Strive for sustainable, self-sufficient and a just society at minimum possible pain.

Our Objectives 

  • Help people to increase production and productivity of land while promoting multipurpose crops for cash from marginal lands.
  • Help people to gain confidence and enhance awareness about their relationship between the society and nature and between an individual and society. 
  • Equipping district based NGOs and activists with the knowledge, skills and resiliance to empower target communities to address the social issues 

Our Philosophy/Operating Principles

  • Participatory, inclusive, local resource focused, non-violent activities
  • Connecting grassroot issues and relevant (local/national) policies
  • Working in under-seved locations
  • Combining livelihood and awareness activities 
  • Undertaking complementary economic and ecological activities 
  • Addressing physical and mental aspects of marginalisation 
  • Mutual respect at all levels
  • Maintaining politically neutral (balancing relationships with all local political parties & not aligning with any)

Funding

Primarily donors are the INGOs working in Nepal namely The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund (Fastenopfer) since 1998 and Asian Aid Organization (AAO) Australia since 2010 till date. 
 

Legal status

CAED is registered as a public institution under the Institutions and Unions Registration Act of Nepal, with the District Administrative Office in Kathmandu (Regd. No. 322/048-049). It is registered at Inland Revenue Office in Kathmandu with parmanent account number (PAN) of 301723288. It is affiliated with Social Welfare Council Nepal (Affiliation No. 10762).