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Award and Training Activities

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January 27th, 2014

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
 1. Bhutlung Jal Upabhokta Samiti Topgachhi, Jhapa district Conservation Measures in Irrigation Systems 1999
 2. Chhattis Kulapani Samiti Rupandehi district Resource Mobilization for O&M of Irrigation Systems 2000
 3. Sardikhola-Puranchaur Sinchain Samiti Puranchaur, Kaski district Diversification of WUA Activities 2003
4. 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 information 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.

Award 056The 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.

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.

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Preliminary data-base on FMIS

The Trust has database of altogether 2905 FMIS. This database includes general information of the systems and has been prepared in course of (a) developing district level inventory with the involvement of the district units of NFIWUAN (b) selecting the best practicing FMIS for the Trust award and (c) collecting information from different projects and programs.

Data-base on FMIST (No. of Systems)

From award and training
From different projects and programs of Department of Irrigation
From district inventory survey
Total
Kathmandu
Bhaktapur
Dolakha
Kanchanpur
Okhaldhunga
Mugu
Bajura
187
1357
238
91
347
128
298
171
76
2905

Research Activities

The Trust conducted two phases of research activities. These research activities were either commissioned to young researchers from other organizations and others were undertaken by FMIST itself.

Research activities conducted during 1999-2000

  • Evaluation of impact of external assistance in FMIS
  • Identification of Initiative factors on FMIS development and management
  • Review of donors’ perception on FMIS
  • Role of gender in irrigation management: A case study
  • A case study of water use system in Khadgabhanjyang watershed, Nuwakot district

Research activities conducted during 2001-2004

  • Analysis of Innovative mechanism for effective FMIS
  • Action study on formation of new WUA in FMIS & their
  • Re-crafting the role of education for knowledge promotion
  • FMIS multiple use of water and upstream and downstream linkage
  • Highland irrigation management: Case studies of 12 irrigation systems in Jumla district
  • Diversification of FMIS functions

Besides these research activities, Trust members have been contributing research papers in a number of journals and national seminars. On request, list can be made available.


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