Our Mission: Food, Education, Medicine

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About Us

Who We Arecaed

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 programs 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 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 permanent account number (PAN) of 301723288. It is affiliated with Social Welfare Council Nepal (Affiliation No. 10762). 

CAED's Timeline


·         CAED established

·         Started its first Project - 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


·         Establishment of Stichting EcoSchool in Nepal (SEN), a support group in the Netherlands

·         EN & SEN jointly start supporting SEACOW


·         Oxfam UK/I (Oxfam United Kingdom and Ireland, now Oxfam GB) supports part of SEACOW activities


·         Emergence of Kandrang Chepang Community (KCC) in Lothar


·         Conversion of SEACOW's NTFP enterprise promotion wing to Alternative Herbal Products (AHP)


·         Termination of Oxfam UK/I funding

·         Establishment of Alternative Herbal Products (AHP) in order to promote NTFP-based community enterprises


·         Started Praja NTFP Action Research Program (PNARP)  in  5 adjoining VDCs of Lothar under PCDP/ SNV-Nepal (Netherlands Development Organisation/Praja Capacity Development Program) funding; emergence of Chepang Cooperative (Praja Cooperative Ltd/PCL) through PNARP in Chitwan

·         Beginning of Sustainable Livelihood Program (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


·         Merger of PNARP components and Resource and Awareness Enhancement Program (RAEP) of Lothar as Chepang Interest  Program (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 Program (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 Program (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


·         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


·         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


·         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


·         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


·         Beginning of Women’s Reproductive Rights Program (WRRP) in Siraha and Saptari districts with the financial support of Fastenopfer

·         Beginning of Chepang Mainstreaming Program (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


·         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


·         Beginning of Karnali Livelihood Empowerment Program (KLEP) comprising of two components- Dhainakot Livelihood Empowerment Program and Local NGO Support Program 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 


·         Beginning of the second phase of WRRP


·         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


·         Beginning of the first phase of KLEP

·         Completion of the second phase of WRRP


·         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


·         Completion of the first phase of KLEP


·         Beginning of the second phase of KLEP

·         Completion of the third phase of WRRP


·         Beginning of a brand new version of WRRP with base districts Sarlahi and Khotang


·         Completion of the second phase of KLEP

·         Beginning of Women, Girl and Child Rights Program (WoGCRP) built on WRRP-W


·         Beginning of phase-over of KLEP in Mugu

·         Widened coverage of KLEP to Dolpa district (phase-in of KLEP in Dolpa)

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