To promote and support organic farming practices through motivating, encouraging, facilitating and providing materials and training to the communities we work with. This project has been formed with the active input from the communities we work with.
Specifically, we and the communities have planted more than 2,000 soapberry trees in Gorkha District, at Bakrang. Similarly, in Kaule VDC of Nuwakot District we have planted 1800 soapberry trees.
Protection of the Bio-diversity and Medicinal Herbs and Plants
Protect the local environment through sound conservation practices and the adoption of organic methods of farming. Herbs and plants have long been used for medicinal purposes in the communities we are working with. We are building on traditional knowledge to encourage both the protection of medicinal plants and increased, sustainable production in order to sell them to national and international markets.
Specifically, Grow Nepal organizes different trainings, for example, in cooperation with selected companies we annually provide sustainable wild collection/harvesting, plantation and storage training to collectors so that they know about the importance and protection of medicinal herbs and plants.
Through the development of organic agriculture and the increased production of medicinal herbs and plants and other products, the overall livelihood of the communities we work in has increased. Not only in monetary terms, but through the training we provide in areas such as family health, general cleanliness, community spirit, and through improved access to health facilities and education, people’s lives are improved.
Under this project, Grow Nepal has established links between the communities and national and international businesses and associations for the promotion and expansion of organic products, and handicrafts. Today these businesses purchase natural organic agro-forest products from our community collectors and farmers at a fair price and export them to the global market. In this way, and through the sustainability of the supply, the livelihoods of the collectors, farmers, producers and handicraft manufacturers in these communities are improving.
Where We Work
We work in the west of Nepal, in areas which are quite underdeveloped compared to the central and eastern regions.
Districts we work in:
Through wild collection: 500 families of collectors in Darchula, Baitadi, Salyan and Pyuthan Districts directly benefit from our involvement.
Through plantation: more than 250 households are engaged in organic agro-forest plantation, receiving the best prices for their quality products.
Through awareness programs and empowerment training: nearly 250 women and 50 other Dalit (underprivileged and poor) families are benefitted.
Through good price (market expansion): nearly 800 families are now making a good income, with the added benefit of they can now afford to educate their children and take care of the household’s health needs.