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February 2006

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Lessons Learned by the WIN Project on Livelihoods Diversification and Enterprise Development: An Overview of WIN LDED-related Activities in Cambodia, Nepal and Zambia

FAO Livelihoods Support Programme Working Paper 19
Livelihoods Diversification and Enterprise Development Sub-Programme


The pilot WIN project (Empowerment of Women in Irrigation and Water Resources Management for Household Food Security) was an operational research project implemented by FAO from 2000-2003. The project was designed specifically to test a multi-sectoral approach to empowering women in irrigation management, and to address nutrition and health concerns associated with irrigation schemes. Although WIN was not originally foreseen as a livelihoods diversification project, a variety of income-generating activities emerged in Cambodia, Nepal and Zambia. A number of groups were successful in diversifying their livelihoods as a result of WINís intervention. However, it is still too early to fully assess the long-term viability and sustainability of these activities. This paper aims to identify some operational lessons learned as well as good practices from the WIN project. The paper reviews the processes which facilitated the emergence of livelihood diversification and enterprise development activities, outlining lessons on what did and did not work, with recommendations for the future.

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