Nepal is one of the least developed country in the world. Population growth, under employment, geographical barriers and poverty are the main constraints for the development especially in the hilly and rural area. To create a better economic situation for mid and far western regions districts of Nepal and contribute in improving livelihood of the poor, an agreement was made between International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Government of Nepal on 5th February 2002 to lunch Western Uplands Poverty Alleviation Project (WUPAP). The Project become effective from the date of 1st January 2003 with a time frame of 11 year.
Having been completed its phase I and II, it is currently under implementation of phase III (16th July, 2012- 15th July, 2016 including extension of 2 years). The budget for the project is SDR 15.6 million (equivalent USD 32.565 billion). The budget contribution agencies includes IFAD’s NPR 19,937,000 (Loan), 5, 50,000 (Grant), similarly Nepal Government’s 59, 26,000, WFP’s 40, 26,000 (not received), local service providers’ (DDC and VDC) 22, 01,000, community’s 78,000 and private sectors’ 36,000. The budget for phase III is USD 14.82 million.
The implementation of project (phase III) is through the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and District Development Committee (DDCs) with technical assistance and monitoring of Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and mid and far western regional directorates (agriculture, livestock and forest). The service providers provision in this phase include District Forest Office (DFO), livestock Service Office (DLSO) and Agriculture Development Office (DADO), Local Development Secretariat (LDF), Village Development Committee (VDCs) and local state agencies (NSAs) etc.