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Project title

Home garden Biodiversity for Livelihoods of Small Farmers Project

Partner(s)

USC Canada, Asia, Nepal

Purpose

Increase levels of biodiversity and nutrition, and reduce food insecurity for Dalits, women, indigenous groups, and bonded labourers.

Theme/Area

Economic Empowerment

Start Date

2011-02-00

End Date

2015-04-00

Coverage

Local

Field offices

Kohalpur, Banke

Contact person

Krishna B.K., President

Contact email

dwo@wlink.com.np

Contact telephone

+977-01-5130013

About Project

Beginning in 2010 and ending in April of 2015, 234 households in the Banke District have been benefiting from small business training and development through this program. Focus has been put on women as well as homes of Dalits, indigenous people, and bonded labourers. The program’s goals are to increase biodiversity and protection of seeds and saplings, promote organic farming, and make the communities more aware of healthy and high quality food production. The program staff worked with the communities to reach the aforementioned goals through local level seed and biodiversity protection campaigns, capacity building with farmers to improve income generation and market management. They were able to increase the number of families which were able to subsist off of their crops for an entire year as well as the families which were using land for vegetable production and home consumption. They placed a focus on engaging women and youth in the programs. The team hopes that during the duration of the project they will be able to establish two additional co-operatives as well as a vegetable collection centre. The Major activities fall into 4 different areas. The first area is: seed supply systems and diversification of plant genetic resources. Activities included distribution of seeds and planting materials; 187.2 kg vegetable seeds and 840 fruit plants, orientation trainings on use values of local crop and its seed conservation for 146 group members (female 133), and organizing seed fairs of home garden crops to promote exchange of seed and information. The second is: climate change adaptation and mitigation (including land rehabilitation work) which involved conducting climate change adaptation and mitigation training on organic methods of insect management, improved composting reparation and use of botanical pesticide. Third focused on the rural economy and support to farmer organizations. They conducted orientation about the program and its support, working modality and their roles in the community groups, held trainings covering the importance of homegarden for food, nutrition and income, design of homegarden to maximize spaces, selection of crop species, integration of small livestocks, fishes, and bees and so on, and organized nursery management training, refresher training for 15 bee keeping participants (12 female) and training on pig rearing and received piglet support. Finally, the area of gender equality focused on conducting a gender assessment to support USC Canada’s GER activity with the support of USCCA, and supporting a small mortar and pipe for Hariharpur community group in Kachanapur


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