Invitation for Contribution to ‘Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal’

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) is a registered not–for–profit organization dedicated to advance research and education and economic development programs related to Nepal. CFFN has been active in several programs and projects in these areas. It has organized several conferences in topics related to Nepal’s development, and it is also a major partner in the Open University of Nepal initiative. Further information on CFFN is available at

CFFN has decided to publish a book entitled “Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal” as a collection of intellectual/scientific review papers or perspective articles as chapters.  This special publication is aimed at disseminating knowledge on sustainable livelihood system to the practitioners, policy makers, academics, students and other stakeholders. It can be used as a text book, or a reference book at colleges and universities, and by other research and policy institutions for reference.

As a recognized expert in your field, we cordially invite you to contribute a chapter in this book in your field of expertise in one or more of the themes (see appendix). Chapters can be written by a single author or by co-authors. Unfortunately, CFFN is not in a position to provide remuneration to the authors. However, we will acknowledge your volunteer contribution to add to the intellectual knowledge base for the benefit of Nepal and Nepalese.

Coauthors are responsible to identify the lead authors, who are prominent in their fields, and working closely in applied areas. Your book chapter should be based on verifiable information, building on concrete evidence, and supported by facts and figures in your discipline. While the themes and headings in Appendix 1 provide the general guidelines, authors are strongly encouraged to cover inter-disciplinary fields. The editorial team will review your manuscript and provide feedback to help improve the quality of the chapter.

We would like to hear from you as soon as possible on your willingness and commitment to contribute for this special project initiated by CFFN. Your initial response by March 1, 2012 will help us to carry out planning and other administrative work to execute the project’s goal in due time.

Important deadlines

  1. Title and abstract submission for the chapter- March 31, 2012
  2. Extended abstract and outline of the chapter submission- June 30, 2012
  3. First full chapter draft submission- September 30, 2012
  4. Second draft based on report of reviewer’s comment- December 15, 2012
  5. Submission of final version  of the chapter – February 14, 2013
  6. Final publication scheduled- April 15, 2013 (Nepali New Year 2070)

Please reply with the following information as soon as possible by email. Your email id will be considered as your authentic signature. We will contact you for further steps.

Re: Article for ‘Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal’

I am willing to contribute a book chapter entitled: ________________________________

My contact detail is as follows:
Mailing address: ______________________
Email: ______________________________
Phone: _____________________________
Skype ID: ___________________________
Preferred mode of Contact:_____________

Thank you for joining our mission. We believe we can help Nepal joining hands together

Dr. Ishara Mahat
Director Research, CFFN
Dr. Ambika Adhikari
Chief Editor, Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural

Appendix 1: Details about the proposed publication

Book title: Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal
Principles and Practice of Farming and Rural Development

Themes (Book chapters)

  1. Sustainable crop farming
    1. Cash crops
    2. Organic farming
    3. Off-season vegetable farming
    4. Fruit and vegetable production for household nutrient
    5. Gender roles in sustainable farming practices
  2. Sustainable livestock farming
    1. Sheep/goat / rabbit/poultry farming
    2. Dairy/cheese production
    3. Integrated livestock farming- e.g. fish, duck, pig
    4. Meat production for nutrient supplement of the household
    5. Socio-economic issues of livestock farming and production
    6. Commercial poultry farming
  3. Sustainable natural resource management
    1. Community forestry/Agro-forestry
    2. Water supply for farm and household
    3. Soil and watershed management
    4. Bio-fuel production as alternative fuel source
    5. Domestication and  commercial farming of medicinal plants
    6. Domestication and commercial production of wild edible plants/fruits e.g. mushrooms,   Niuro, Kafal, Chiuri, Teedu, Katus, etc.
    7. Wildlife management and sustainable livelihood
    8. Gender roles in natural resource management
  4. Cottage industries for rural development
    1. Production of handicrafts and its local, regional and global marketing
    2. Modified bamboo/rattan furniture and its scope in global market
    3. Ceramic production and its economic importance
    4. Wood carving and its potential in global market
    5. Stone carving and its potential market
    6. Metal carving and its potential market
    7. Gender Dimensions in production and marketing of handicrafts
  5. Integrated community development
    1. Access to education and health services
    2. Social determinants of health and education
    3. Social determinants of education
    4. Social determinants of health
    5. People’s perceptions and needs on Early Childhood Development
    6. Population education and food safety
    7. Socio cultural relations and reproductive health of women
    8. Institutions and their roles in rural community development (social  entrepreneurs, cooperatives, local traders)
    9. Safe water, hygiene and sanitation
    10. Household energy resources and alternative energy options (e. g. solar plants, micro hydro plants)
    11. Corporate social responsibility for sustainable livelihood
  6. Food security and socio-economic dimensions
    1. Food marketing and transportation
    2. Food handling, and packaging
    3. Food processing, storage and safety
    4. Socio-economic issues in food security (Balancing the food supply and demand, Food production for household nutrient and for Sale etc.)

Note: Themes or book chapters can be rearranged or changed in the final book as per requirements, and author interests.

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