A rural, agricultural economy

At the end of 2006, Nepal emerged from a decades-long civil conflict. However, armed criminal groups continue to have a significant impact on the security of the country, primarily in the southern districts.

The Nepalese economy is rooted in agriculture. Seventy percent of the population relies on agriculture as their primary income and food source. Approximately 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas.

Like many other countries in South Asia, Nepal is quite vulnerable to natural hazards and disasters like floods and droughts.            

What we’re doing in Nepal

We assist vulnerable people through a variety of community-based programs. We work to build up local capacity on disaster risk management through village and district level committees. We also distribute practical supplies like rubber boats and life jackets in flood-prone areas.

The LWF provides relief support to Bhutanese refugees at two camps in eastern Nepal. We also respond to smaller-scale disasters like the nearly 400 fire-affected families in Saptari district.

In a long-term perspective, the LWF promotes farm-based enterprises and cooperatives. We also support youth with general skill development and lessons in starting small business.

We are continuing our financial support and collaborative efforts for evidence-based advocacy. 


Program Officer

Roland Schlott

Country Representative

Marceline P. Rozario

Program Website



LWF Nepal at a Glance

Date Established


Number of staff


Number of locations/offices


Number of persons assisted in 2012


Total 2012 income for program


Contributions from

  • Australian Lutheran World Service
  • Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration - Government of the United States of America
  • DanChurchAid
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Finn Church Aid
  • German National Committee
  • InterChurch Organization for Development Cooperation and Kerk in Actie
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • WFP

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