Ghandarva communities, a struggle for their right to adequate food

The uneven land distribution in Nepal has been damaging the Gandharva community, which numbers around  21 000 "members", for decades. Developments within the society led a great part of the community to settle in Sarahawa village, Bardiya district, in 1993. 

In order to ensure their livelihoods, the Commission for Resolving Problem with Landless People granted some of them a piece of land. However, threats and the destruction of the crops by other communities (Tharus) have made it impossible for these to continue cultivation of their lands. 

As a result, many emigrated and others have remained amid hunger and caste discrimination.

FIAN Nepal has advocated for Gandharvan communities' right to food to the concerned stakeholders.