Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal

 
$7,000
$0
Raised
Remaining
Nov 29, 2013

An Update on Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal

Chock Badahur Thami with cabbage crop
Chock Badahur Thami with cabbage crop

Winter is approaching - rather quickly, for those of us living in the northeastern United States! In Dolakha too, although the colder weather is on its way, late fall and early winter is the time for women farmers to start planting and cultivating cold crops in their kitchen gardens and small farms.

Those of us who are at best casual gardeners, or who live fairly far north, may not realize that there are many nutritious foods that can be grown year-round. In Educate the Children's current project area in Dolakha, Nepal, while it can and often does dip below freezing at night, the daytime high temperatures during the winter often reach into the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit - about 15-16 degrees Celsius being the average daily high temperature in January. (While the elevation in this region is above 7,000 feet/2,100 meters, it is at about the same latitude as central Florida - so it doesn't typically get so terribly cold despite the elevation!)

What can be grown in the winter months, in Dolakha? Broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are among the most popular crops. All are relatively easy to grow, being suited for the soil and climate, and not requiring extensive labor on the part of the farmers.

ETC has stressed these "off-season" crops in our sustainable agriculture training activities in Dolakha, so that women farmers can feed their families more nutritious food and earn income year-round. In fact, many farmers have had such success on a small scale that they are now able and willing to grow these vegetables on a larger scale. In the previous project report, I mentioned that ETC's women's group members who now operate larger-scale farms earned an average of $283 in the past program year - which represents for them an increase of 50% or more in annual household income.

When I was visiting ETC's project area in March 2013, the cauliflower harvest had just been accomplished, and I was fortunate enough to be able to eat it - tastily seasoned - with many of my meals. It was delicious!

We are deeply grateful for your support of our Sustainable Agriculture project. Please visit the links below to learn more about ETC's work. Best wishes for the forthcoming holiday season!

Healthy head of cauliflower!
Healthy head of cauliflower!

Links:

Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

donate now:

Funded

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Support another project run by Educate the Children that needs your help, such as:

Organization

Project Leader

Lisa Lyons

Executive Director
Ithaca, NY United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal