Integrated Home Garden Management is a vital contribution to family nutrition and developing household resilience for climate change. With the Nepal ADS 2015 and Nepal Government Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Plan 2013-17, focusing on food and nutrition security, home gardening is a timely topic. A Home Garden includes fruits, vegetables, species, fodder, medicinal plants and ornamental plants, managed together with livestock and other components like fish, mushrooms and honey-bees. Home Gardens at household level have been highly successful in reaching and improving the nutrition resources poor families through diversifying their dietary sources.
Participants involved in group work. Photo: Chetan Thapa, SAHAS
LI-BIRD facilitated a training programme ‘Integrated Home Garden Approach to Improving Family Nutrition and Household Resilience’ for the staff of Group of Helping Hands (SAHAS) Nepal from 19 to 21 November 2016 in Pokhara. SAHAS Nepal requested LI-BIRD to facilitate the training as they aim to include the Integrated Home Garden approach in their projects in different parts of Nepal.
Field visit to Majhthana. Photo: Shradha Shrestha, SAHAS
There were 49 participants divided into two groups, of which LI-BIRD facilitated a group of 25 people. The remaining participants were facilitated by three staff from SAHAS-Nepal who had already received training on the home garden approach from LI-BIRD. The overall aim of this course is to build participants knowledge, skills and attitudes on Integrated Home Garden Management.
LI-BIRD’s short courses are designed based on two-decade long work experiences in agriculture, biodiversity, food security, climate change and sustainable livelihoods.