Since February ASHA/Nepal has organized a one-day Sustainable Agriculture Refresher Training for 70 women. Agricultural experts, Mr. Alok Shrestha and Ram Sharan Shrestha, facilitated the training.
The sustainable agriculture training focused on its significance and practices that women can apply to assist in the improvement of their local livelihoods. The training reviewed and familiarized the participants on different approaches and practices of sustainable agriculture, encouraging women for proper utilization of existing local resources. The training also created awareness on the negative impacts of using conventional fertilizers and pesticides. The training gave an opportunity to the women to exchange information, knowledge and skills among each other.
Other themes that were taught in the training: soil and water management, moisture management techniques, soil organic matter and plan nutrient management techniques, sloping agriculture land technology, seed management, insect pest management and disease management.
Training was also carried out with field exercises so that the women could directly practice in their fields. In addition, ASHA’s consultants visited the community at least monthly to provide onsite coaching and technical assistance to women in sustainable agriculture.