Ensure Food Security Through Sustainable Practices

Apr 7, 2006

ASHA Update April 2006

Activities carried out

Savings and Credit Groups:

The Kurilo Women’s Savings and Credit Group comprises of 60 women who have been divided into two groups Jalukeni and Okharpauwa. The women have accumulated $200 in savings. This amount is available for low interest loans for such needs as purchase of oil or spices for the household and to meet emergency needs. Three to six women take loans that vary from $5 to $15. As the amount within the group increases, loans will be made for productive purposes.

Sustainable Agriculture Training:

ASHA/Nepal organized two two-day sustainable agriculture training. The first one was a basic training for 15 women and the second a refresher training for 20 women in the second.

The topics covered during the basic training were current agriculture practices and food security, organic farming techniques and sloping land management. The training covered aspects such as nursery preparation, management and plantation of vegetables.

The second training was a follow-up and focused on how the women applied their class room learning and the issues that they encountered. An exhibition was organized where each woman showed off her produce.

ASHA/Nepal distributed vegetable seeds such as tomato, beans, Swiss chard, cucumber, etc. Once the women planted the seeds, ASHA/Nepal visited each woman’s field to see whether they were adopting the practices and to offer advice


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Project Leader

Balu Iyer

Asia Program Director, IDEX
San Francisco, CA United States

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