Train Women Farmers in Organic Agriculture, Nepal

by ASHA Nepal

ASHA Nepal focuses on women empowerment by targeting group mobilization, saving-credit, and promotion of sustainable agriculture in rural areas of Nepal.  The project focuses to promote confidence in women in decision-making, participation in social events, and economic and educational status. 

Women used to be dependent on males for decision-making involving everything from household economics to social activities.  In order to transform the gender roles and increase the power of women ASHA has committed to the following goals:

  • Strengthen local leadership of women through formation and mobilization women groups by regularizing the group meetings and interactions.
  • Improve status of women in household-level decision-making process and their rights.
  • Create health awareness through their involvement in preventive, promotive and curative measures.
  • Promote sustainable agriculture and income generating activities to uplift the economic status of the women by raising awareness on sustainable agriculture approaches about the value of their local genetic resources, organic manures, indigenous knowledge and systems.
  • Retain their sustainable agriculture knowledge and promote the practices through proper resource management and ecological awareness using permaculture farming system.

It is because of your socially conscious donations that ASHA Nepal is able to work more effectively to realize their goal of increasing the power and confidence of women in household decisions and leadership positions. Thank you for your generosity!

Supported by your generous donations, ASHA Nepal trains women in the latest farming techniques through their very impressive sustainable agriculture program. These women are able to very successfully implement practices such as the use of organic manure and liquid urine pesticides, and other permaculture practices which promote harmonious livelihoods between farmers, animals, agriculture, and the landscape.

During the recent site visits to women's groups in Okharpauwa and Chhaimale, many women spoke about the related improvements to their health, well-being and self-sufficiency.

With land and water management training, the women know how to make maximum use of their steep hill-side plots of land, and new techniques have reduced or stopped land slippage. Individual women-run model farms in both districts are superb and are used for exposure visits for other women.

Make sure to click on the link to view a video of one of the farms chosen as a model for future trainees.


ASHA has much to report in regards to their sustainable agriculture training with 10 groups of women.

Thank you for your continued support for training women farmers!

Their most report highlights the following:

Fruit cultivation and fruit saplings support

  • A 1-day fruit cultivation training was provided for 206 women from all 10 groups
  • 8 types of fruit saplings were provided with planting and care instructions
  • The saplings, which include, pomegranate, pommels, lemons and oranges, are expected to fruit after 5 years

Seed saving training and support vegetable seeds

  • 206 women from all 10 groups were trained on planting and seed savings
  • The participants were given a variety of seeds
  • Women were taught the features of a good seed, harvesting system, domestic pesticide, pot for storage and exchange of seed during planting season among group members

Sustainable agriculture refresher training

  • The 2-day refresher training for 5 focused on previous trainings concerning vegetable farming, use of domestic pesticides, organic vegetable farming and liquid and compost manure prepare and use

 Organic vegetable production training

  • Training was provided to group members of 5 groups about organic vegetables farming, including the value and benefit of organic production

Though there are many reported successes (as noted above) - not to mention the overall effect that women group members are more aware of the benefits and value of organic farming, some challenges do remain.

In certain communities where ASHA has projects, for example, insufficient water supply is a barrier for focusing vegetable farming. In response, ASHA is closely looking forward at what would be the best alternatives for the communities where supply of water for irrigation is limited.

Your donations are have a direct impact for so many women who deserve our solidarity and support- so thank you!

Permaculture training has transformed communities working with ASHA in Nepal. The current program for training and designing permaculture farms has been successful and is made possible by the generosity of donors.

Here’s a snap-shot of what’s been achieved:

  • 9 farms from the various women’s groups were selected and trained on permaculture. The women were provided support for the creation of a model farm that aims to include a harmonious integration of human being, plants, animals and landscape (nature) providing food, energy, shelter and other sorts of material and non-material needs of people in sustainable way
  • Women visited two model farms: Patlekhet and Sanga (Kavrepalanchowk District). The participants learned about various types of organic vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, ground apple, Kurilo, cucumber, pumpkin and mushrooms.
  • Training for Permaculture included: shade management, urine collection, compost and liquid manure making, land improve, pot cleaning spot, water pond, kitchen waste management, organic vegetables farming, grass planting, and fruits planting.
  • ASHA provided some materials for developing the model farm including skilled labor, cement, etc.
  • Facilitated a farmer-to-farmer interaction workshop. Group members were able to share their views, experiences and discuss the Permaculture model farm

To develop the skills and infrastructure to make permaculture farming a success, ASHA needs the continued support of donors so they can provide materials and training to women farmer’s in Nepal. Thank you- your generosity goes a long way!

With your support, ASHA is providing women with the knowledge, tools, and skills to improve their income generation through sustainable agriculture practices. 

Project highlights include:

  • Many farmers are moving away from chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and more towards organic farming methods.
  • Women are more aware of the benefits of organic farming and community members are now searching for organic vegetables in the market.
  • Income earned from trainings is helping women become more economically empowered and better able to provide for their families.

By donating to ASHA you are ensuring more women can benefit from this program.

Thank you for your support.


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ASHA Nepal

Location: Kathmandu, N/A - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​​asha.html
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
Kathmandu, Nepal

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