In order to form effective Resource Management Groups (RMGs) and Resource Management Committee (RMC), the Conservation Nepal’s team organized a number of group discussions in the premises of ward no. 1 office with the farmers having their agriculture lands to be irrigated. In the very outset of the discussion the experts’ team shared the objectives, purposes and methodologies of the project.
Once the participating farmers were well informed and motivated they were requested to make four groups of themselves who have their land in clusters. The participating farmers gathered in Group-1, Group-2, Group-3 and Group-4 to form 4 separate RMGs. After all the farmers gathered in 4 different groups, they were asked to select 1 male and 1 female to form RMC in such a way that the women from the marginalized groups (Dalit, socially excluded and Indigenous people) must occupy any two higher positions (Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) of RMC. Similarly, at least 50% of the other positions of RMC must be occupied by men from the marginalized groups. Based on those guiding principles the participating farmers formed a 9-member RMC, comprising of 4 women (44%) and 5 men (56%).