Innovations for Terrace Farmers in Nepal and Testing of Private Sector Scaling Up Using Sustainable Agriculture Kits (SAKs) and Stall-Based Franchises
In Nepal 70% of the cultivated crop land is on rain-fed terraces. Labour shortages, poor soil fertility, poor access to new and improved agricultural technologies, loss of crops due to wild animals etc are some of the key challenges faced by the terrace farmers in Nepal. The project ‘Innovations for Terrace Farmers in Nepal and Testing of Private Sector Scaling Up Using Sustainable Agriculture Kits (SAKs) and Stall-Based Franchises’ aims to test and promote need-based commercial technologies and information from around the world to raise livelihoods, reduce female drudgery and increase resilience to climate change by piggybacking onto an existing stall-based network and by distributing through local vendors for agricultural products (agro-vets) considering a private company as a major vehicle.
The project will test strategies that intensify terrace agriculture including a neglected concept, farming on terrace walls (FTW) which comprise 20-50% of the hill surface area. It will focus on testing tools and products that are potential for reducing drudgery faced by women and promote knowledge on new technologies to illiterate women farmers using picture book. New technologies which promote the terrace sustainability and maximize production of organic nitrogen fertilizer and those technologies which help farmers become resilient against climate change will be tested and promoted. The project will make efforts to empower farmers to reduce reliance on external input supply while local innovators will be given a due priority. Due considerations will be given to the effective use for smart phone for assessing farmers’ need and to provide solutions to the farmers. The concept of Sustainable Agricultural Kits (SAKs) will be thoroughly used while testing and promoting the technologies.
Project Duration: 2014 - 2018
Partners: Anamolbiu Private Limited, University of Guelph
Funded by: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Contact Person: Roshan Pudasaini