Tarayana reaching out to rural communities in Nepal (9th – 14th December)
The April 2015 earthquake left many rural farming communities in Nepal literally shaken, their homes destroyed and their crops wiped out. After the rescue efforts ended and restoration phase began, it was apparent that the communities needed to be able to feed themselves. Tarayana Foundation in collaboration with the Federation of Business and Professional Women, Nepal (FBPWN) conducted a hands-on training programme for trainers on organic vegetable farming techniques.
Mr. Passang Tobgay and Mr. Sonam Jamtsho, two senior field officers from the Foundation, who have extensive experience in community mobilization and organic and natural farming methodologies taught 65 women from four different villages in Nuwakot district form the 11th to the 14th of December, 2015. The training component consisted of both theory and practical sessions where the women participants were introduced to Natueco farming methods, a skill originally acquired by the field officers during their own hands-on training at Dr. Suchde’s farm near Indore in Madhya Pradesh at the start of their career. The trainers focused on various composting methods to help enhance soil fertility and productivity naturally without the use of chemical fertilizer inputs.
Apart from all the crop husbandry techniques the training included a session on ensuring food security particularly in post disaster situations through proper seed selection, storage and exchange programmes. Traditional seed banks and exchange programmes between various village communities were explored so as to maintain seed vigor and vitality.
The training ended with much enthusiasm to put into practice what was taught. The trainees were excited to put into use the acquired knowledge. The training will benefit more than 2800 households in the area and help the common people gain hands on experience ensuring nutrition security in the region.
Passang and Sonam came back having gained much insight from the experience and acknowledged that farmers in the Himalayas all faced similar conditions and hardships. They were happy to have been given the opportunity to serve rural communities beyond our borders.