From being the largest rice exporter, Nepal suffers today a chronic food shortage: 80% of Nepalese people live on subsistence farming in very small properties, often located on steep terrain and with difficult access to water. In suburban areas home farming is traditionally practiced since it allows families to provide for themselves and have a small surplus to sell. This practice is widespread in the Karvrepalanchok district, where we intervene to support the poorest families, who are less likely to find food.
The goal of our project is to strengthen the effectiveness and quality of home farming through the establishment of programs for agriculture in pots and in the terraced areas, which enhance the traditional knowledge of permaculture. We also train people on techniques for sustainable agriculture, addressed to vulnerable households and technical operators. The 450 beneficiaries of the project organized into cooperatives recognized by the Nepal legislation, they will manage their own agricultural production and marketing. In addition, to solve the market problem where only identifiable seeds produced by large multinational companies are traded, we want to create a nursery for species at risk of genetic drift and for the supply of the cooperatives and the recovery of abandoned agricultural varieties, and for the sale of seeds in neighbouring towns.
At the same time, we organize awareness activities in Italy to share the best Nepalese practices such as the creation of vegetables gardens in schools of Brescia and Milan and urban gardens demonstration in Milan.
PARTNER: District Agriculture Development Office (Nepal), Dhulikel Municipality (Nepal), Association MAREMOSSO (Italia).