Book Project Update – 2012 Annual General Meeting Report

Book Project: Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal

One of the major objectives of CFFN is to facilitate research activities focusing on the economic development of Nepal.  The book is aimed for a wide audience including academia, practitioners, program planners and policy makers. The book will cover six key themes of sustainable livelihood system that include a mosaic of subsistence agriculture, natural resource management, off-farm income source, social equity and justice, health and hygiene and capacity building.

This book project aims to contribute towards the sustainable development of rural society, which is in line with the CFFN’s objective to help Nepal and Nepalese people for their social and economic development.

This book will have certain unique traits that will differentiate it from the many text books and reference books being produced in Nepal in this topic. First, the book chapters will be contributed by distinguished expert researchers, and professionals in the respective fields of their expertise in the development of rural Nepal. The book chapters will translate their scientific knowledge, skills and experiences to social science for the sustainable livelihood systems in rural areas. Secondly, the book will add value by contributing an international perspective and comparative analysis. Further, it will address different aspects of livelihood of rural population in Nepal from the sustainability lenses.

Broad themes of the book chapters

  1. Sustainable Crop and Livestock Farming
  2. Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  3. Integrated Community Development
  4. Food Security and Socio-Economic Dimensions
  5. Off-Farm Activities and Income for Rural Livelihood

Members of the Editorial Board

  1. Prof. Ambika Adhikari, Chief Editor
  2. Dr. Kalidas Subedi
  3. Mr. Michael Cassey
  4. Dr. Drona Rasali
  5. Dr. Bharat Shrestha
  6. Dr. Bhim Adhikari
  7. Dr. Bishwa Regmi
  8. Dr. Krishna Hari Gautam
  9. Dr. Ishara Mahat
  10. Dr. Govinda Dahal
  1. Initial invitation to contribute a book chapter was sent to potential authors before the start of winter holiday season
  2. Three meetings of editorial board have been organized (Feb 12, March 22 and May 27, 2012) that refined the themes of the book, finalized the framework and guidelines to the authors
  3. Final framework of the book and guideline to the authors  have been provided to theme editors to send to the potential authors of respective theme
  4. Till now total 33 authors have expressed their willingness to contribute book chapters
  5. The editorial board is searching a potential publisher in coordination of the chief editor

Some points still under discussion

  1. How to publish an economic edition of the book – as the western publication will be too expensive to afford for users in the developing countries
  2. If CFFN need to publish itself, how to afford the cost of the publication

Any suggestions and questions are welcome. For further information please write to or visit

Thank you,

Ishara Mahat
Bharat Shrestha


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 Continue reading

Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal

A brief overview of the theme of the book and guidelines for the authors

Overview of the Book

This book project is launched by Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN). One of the major objectives of CFFN is to facilitate research activities focused on the economic development of Nepal. CFFN is a major partner in the currently ongoing Initiative for Open University of Nepal, (OUN) which began almost two years ago. OUN is a collaborative project of NRNA, CFFN and the Government of Nepal, while Athabasca University of Alberta, Canada is the chief technical and academic supporter for the Initiative.

The proposed book was conceived to achieve several goals. It will be a text or reference book for college level students, both undergraduate and graduate, in Nepali universities. It is also being designed as a text book for the upcoming OUN for rural development program, and which can also serve as a reference for policy makers, international development experts concerned with rural development in Nepal and domestic experts and consultants interested in the field. Continue reading