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Promoting Renewable Energy Technologies for Enhanced Rural Livelihoods (REFEL)

The objective of the Project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve living conditions, food security and the economic situation of rural people in remote districts of Mid and Far West Nepal via application of renewable energy technologies. The Project involves the development of improved water mills (IWM) to grain grinding, husking, oil extraction and electricity production, as well as training and support for the promotion, testing and expanded use of variety of improved cooking stoves. The Project also supports the introduction of hydraulic ram pumps (Hydram) for small-scale irrigation in upland areas. All these renewable technologies will support improved living conditions of rural people, especially traditional water mill operators, farmers and women and girls in general.

Project details

Name of client Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
Location Nepal
Start date 12/2011
Completion date 03/2014
Origin of funding Nordic Climate Fund (NCF)
Name of partners Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N)