a. National Activities
1. Encourage mid-career professional to record their experiences on fmist .
FMIST encourages mid-career professionals to record their working experiences in FMIS. These experiences are shared among the peer groups, university students and other interested groups of the individuals.
2. Encourage graduate students of the universities within Nepal and outside to write master thesis
They are encouraged to write thesis on the issues of FMIS and provide them funding support for field work.Trust has provided Field Work Support Scholarships to the students for masters’ degree thesis writing in different fields of FMIS . Following students were awarded scholarships :
|S.N.||Theme||Discipline||Affiliated Institute||Name of student||Year|
|Sedimentation process in Nepali rivers and consequences.||Civil Engineering||Institute of Engineering, Lalitpur||Mr. Bholo Chhatkuli||2001|
|Indigenous knowledge and practice of FMIS: A case study of Dandakhet Kulo of Batakachaur VDC, Baglung.||Anthropology||Tri-Chandra College, Kathmandu||Mr.Lal Bahadur Pun||2001|
|3||Role of gender in Sali Nadi Irrigation management(Thesis for (MS)||Economics/Gender Study||IWMI Nepal||Ms Shuku Pun||2001|
|Comparative study of multi-purpose and single-purpose WUAs||Agriculture Science||Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand||Ms. Komal Kumari Magarati||2003|
|5||“Reviving Boshan Khola Irrigation Project by Rehabilitating Head Works and Strengthening Institutional Capability”||Engineer||Nepal Engineering College, Bhaktapur||Chandra Bhusan Dutta,Himalaya Poudel,Netra Prasad Bohara, Dhruba Raj Paudyal||2005|
3. Development of methodology to prepare inventory of FMIS in Nepal It was felt necessary to know how many units of FMIS exist and its status. A one page questionnaire incorporating physical, agriculture, social and institutional characteristics was prepared for the irrigation inventory preparation. A collaborative exercise with the district units of National Federation of Water Users Association of Nepal (NFWUAN) took place for piloting of inventory preparation. Technical assistance as well as nominal financial support was provided by FMIST. The district units of NFWUAN contributed time and manpower for this pilot exercise.
4. Provide support to international students undertaking research activities on FMIS in Nepal.
Members of FMIST provided support to the international students from other universities. The library of FMIST is made open to them.
b. Award and Training Programs to the Best Performed FMIS.
The Trust initiated this program from 1999 with the objective of recognizing best practicing FMIS from all around the country in the subject of a given theme and providing interactive training in the award theme. The best performed FMIS as identified by FMIST are given below.
|S.N.||Awarded FMIS||Location of FMIS||Theme for the Award||Awarded Year|
|Bhutlung Jal Upabhokta Samiti||Topgachhi, Jhapa district||Conservation Measures in Irrigation Systems||1999|
|Chhattis Kulapani Samiti||Rupandehi district||Resource Mobilization for O&M of Irrigation Systems||2000|
|Sardikhola-Puranchaur Sinchain Samiti||Puranchaur, Kaski district||Diversification of WUA Activities||2003|
|Panchakanya Sichain Jal Upabhokta Samiti||Ratnanagar, Chitwan district||How much Participatory is your Irrigation Management?||2004|
For award competition, the Trust developed questionnaire form. Questionnaire were circulated among the FMIS. They filled in the questionnaire and returned to the Trust. The Evaluation Committee formed for this purpose evaluates the questionnaire filled in by the FMIS. Six candidates will be short listed. Field verification of each short-listed FMIS takes place, Thereafter, comparing information provided by the candidate FMISs with that of field based informatione obtained from the field-verification, final scoring and evaluation would be done. To avoid the social and other biases, confounding variables were also considered in the final evaluation process and then the highest scoring FMIS was decided as the best practicing FMIS for that year. “ Medani Nath Award Fund” in the name of the Director General of Department of Irrigation of Nepal was established. Fund was made available by Mr Engineer, Lava Bhattarai, son of Mr. Medani Nath Bhattarai. The yearly Trust Award given to the best performing FMIS includes Rs. 5,000 (Five thousand) cash and a Copper Plaque. Beside this, the Trust provides training to the farmers of the award winning FMIS on the awarded theme related issues.
1. Farmers’ Training
Following training programs were organized to the best performing FMIS.
- Conservation Measures in Irrigation Systems. 15 farmers participated in the program.
- Resource Mobilization for O&M of Irrigation Systems to 29 farmers
- Diversification of activities for sustainable WUA to 18 farmers
- How much Participatory is your Irrigation Management? To 25 farmers
Following training programs were organized to Kathmandu District units of NFWUAN.
- Exercise on “Problem Identification of WUA” to 16 farmers
- Exercise on Organizational Strengthening of WUA to 37 farmers.
- Organized Farmers to Farmers Training program taking Kathmandu farmers to Argeli and Cherlung of Palpa District. Organized similar program to the farmers of Khokani Irrigation System, Khokan, Lalitpur.