Project Name: Bridging the Gap between Research, Policy and Practice on Land Issues.
Duration: February 2009- January 2011
Client: Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South
Major Sector/ Sub Sector: Land Issues
Area Coverage: Kathmandu, Bardia, Dang, Rupendehi, Bara, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusa,
Siraha, Saptari and Sunsari
The project aimed to help bridge the existing gap between research and policy making and between research and advocacy by disseminating ongoing research results into land policy formulation; to facilitate to enhance linkage between policy and implementation in order to reflect voices and realities of poor farmers and landless communities into informed land policy reform; to build on achievements and success stories of previous Projects and; to strengthen COLARP as a credible policy think tank institution engaged in land issues in Nepal. To achieve the aforementioned objectives, this project involved policy makers, researchers, media persons, politicians and non-scientific community (farmers) in national policy dialogue and debates, advocacy and interactions. Specifically, representatives from the Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM), Constituent Assembly (CA), National Planning Commission (NPC), High-Level Land reform Commission (HLLRC), Land Advocacy Networks, Farmers Groups and Researchers involved in land issues were involved. This project adopted trans-disciplinary approach to dialogue among above to realize the existing problems related to land (landlessness, skewed land distribution, land tenure and tenancy, poor land productivity and the likes). This project promoted social learning and consensus- building that helped in designing better land policies in future in order to secure inclusion of poor, small and marginal farmers.