Project name: Empowerment, Resilience, and Livestock Transfers
Institutions: Heifer International, Montana State University, University of Georgia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Description: The objective of this project is to increase income, food security, nutrition, and women’s empowerment and improve aspirations, hope, and economic resilience among the chronically poor by building physical, human, and social capital.
- Physical/natural capital – productive assets in the form of goats
- Human capital – participation in training on wide variety of technical topics related to nutrition, home gardening, and livestock management
- Social capital – facilitated group formation with the explicit goal of savings and a series of empowerment training sessions
The research study seeks to disentangle the importance of physical/natural assets (livestock) relative to human and social capital for achieving a host of outcomes, including women’s empowerment, for the chronically poor in rural Nepal. Since the project site experienced an earthquake shortly after the intervention, the relationship between ex-ante empowerment and resiliency to shocks will also be studied.