Naga communities are economically vibrant and independent. They are self-reliant and no longer subsidy oriented. Farmers make use of new knowledge about farming practices to improve the quality of production. With the assistance of farmers' and marketing organizations, market yards are established and farmers are accessing markets outside Nagaland. Women play an active role in community development programmes and have an equitable share of resources.
Villages act to manage their own affairs and resources judiciously. They are maintaining traditional knowledge and transfer to future generations. Villages share their improved practices with other villages, become models for development in Nagaland. Government consults with communities on policies and practices that affect them. Farmers' organizations work with the farmers to protect the environment and prevent bio-piracy.
The Government departments, Nagaland University and Research Institutions are working actively on bio-diversity issues. NEPED serves as a strong resource group for strengthening community self-reliance and environmental sustainability.
To achieve this vision, NEPED-III will operate as a partner, philosopher and guide to the communities with which it works and will act as a facilitator to bring groups together. Through exchange experiences with other projects and learning from communities, the NEPED team will continuously strengthen its capacities to provide the best possible advice.
Through the provision of training, capacity building, technical assistance and other resources to both women and men, NEPED will promote conservation of the watershed, sedentarization of agriculture and afforestation. NEPED will work with villagers to document traditional knowledge and to foster sharing of that knowledge. NEPED will present its findings to government departments.
NEPED will bring together farmers' organizations and villagers to promote high quality products and strengthen market access for Naga crops both within and outside Nagaland. NEPED will create a clearinghouse on agricultural information for Nagaland, including jhum, bio-diversity and bio-piracy.
Objective of NEPED
The general goal of the project is to contribute to Environmental Protection and Economic Development of Nagaland.
More specifically, the project aims to contributes to the following long term results:
Economic development leading to poverty reduction
Improve social cohesion
Sustainable VDB mechanism for community development and empowerment
Improved development programming of Government of Nagaland.
Develop alternative approaches for shifting cultivation
Increase the income of the people of Nagaland
Enhance the capabilities of the local Institutions to manage natural resources
of NEPED is to provide the mechanism for sustainable community based
land and natural resources management for poverty reduction and improved
livelihood options in Nagaland as stated above in the Vision and the Mission