ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 2, ISSUE : 3, July-September, 2014 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
AGROFORESTRY PLANTATION ELEVATES POVERTY: A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY ON CHEPANGS OF CENTRAL NEPAL
Raju Chetry
 
ABSTRACT
Chepangs are backward and an indigenous nationality of Nepal. They were using traditional way of agriculture farming called khoriya- kheti commonly known as shifting cultivation. After the intervention of some development agencies in Makwanpur, agroforestry plantation was started with an increasing trend. As a result of agro- forestry product sale, some improvement in terms of income among Chepangs has been reported by various organizations. This study is based on secondary data compiled through five Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Makwanpur district. The main objective of this study is to analyze the situation of agroforestry plantation, level of Chepang participation and to discuss various reasons behind poverty alleviation among Chepangs. The study concludes that almost more than half of the Chepang community members are now involved in agroforestry plantation. Banana and broom grass plantation has found favors due to the market demands. Agroforestry plantation has visible impact over increase in income and mitigating the poverty.
 
KEYWORD
Agroforestry, Chepangs, indigenous, khoriya- kheti, Plantation, Poverty.
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