Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG)

June 5th, 2010


(Source: Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG) )

Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG) is a national non-government organization (NGO) composed of different members of sustainable agriculture, development and permaculture groups in Nepal.  They are also affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC). Founded in 1992, they aim to spread permaculture principles in the country. The organization’s mission is to develop a self-sustaining society through sustainable development practices.

Methodologies:

- Holds workshops, press conferences, rallies and publications to further its vision

- Expand members’ knowledge through training and exposure

- Organize seminars and training on Sustainable Agriculture and Permaculture

- Produce English and Nepali Permaculture literature

- Establish a database of Permaculture resources

- Document and interface traditional social systems with Permaculture knowledge

- Research and develop activities on Permaculture and sustainable development


Accomplishments:

At present these are the successful projects already completed:

- Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (PSAN)

In cooperation with Inter-Church Action (Canada), and the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), the NGO spearheaded farmer training and trainer training in various localities around the country. They built 30 learning centers, conducted conferences and workshops on sustainable farming. These centers are now used as model farms.

- Permaculture Promotion in Kaski

Together with the World Vision International Nepal Kaski (WVIN-Kaski), NPG conducted livelihood educational projects in different farming communities, including permaculture design courses and design training.

- Seed for Survival (SFS)

This project aimed to promote genetic diversity in four ethnic communities to improve food production. Educational emphasis was placed on farm agrobiodiversity and conservation through the sharing of skills, local practices and knowledge. As an extension of the program, livelihood training was also added to help the local economy generate employment and micro-enterprise opportunities.

- Food Security, Organic Agriculture (OA) and Local Market Devt. Workshop

An Organic Agriculture workshop promoting technical knowledge for food production and marketing organic products was launched with funding from EED (Germany) and UCN (Netherlands).

- Promoting Organic Agriculture for Food Security in Nepal (POAF)

POAF is still underway in the central region to address food security issues in local food production. Its objective is to promote organic technologies and production methods along with a strong marketing system.


MAIN Program Details

1. Network/Policy Advocacies

NPG is active in policy making related to permaculture and sustainable development.

2. National Permaculture Forums/ General Assemblies

The organizational network is dedicated to establishing a national forum to address food security and climate change on a national level.

3. Training

The National Permaculture Group offers sustainable agriculture/ permaculture courses nationwide to develop environmental and social consciousness. These include: Basic and Advanced Permaculture design, Training for trainers, Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Agriculture courses.

4. Promotion

The organization also works with different certification and inspection bodies to advance its vision. They partner with Organic Certification Nepal (OCN) and the Nepal Organic Inspector’s Association (NORIA) to implement permaculture model projects, farm design and community development work.


NPG Needs You

They offer volunteer opportunities to anyone interested in their causes. Click here for more information.


Contact Info

Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG)

Central Secretariat

GPO Box: 8132, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: +977-1-4252597,

Fax: +977-1-4419284 (Attn.)

E-mail: npg@earthcare.wlink.com.np

Hong Kong – Produce Green Foundation

June 5th, 2010

(Source: Produce Green Foundation)

The Produce Green Foundation is a non-profit charity entity promoting organic farming and sustainable living. Founded in 1988, the organization’s mission is to provide education on healthier, safer food based or more natural food production and environmental preservation concepts. The non-profit is a member of: the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the Hong Kong Organic Farming Association and the International  Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement.


Accomplishments

To date Produce Green has successfully implemented many projects:

- An organic farm near Hok Tau Village

- Publication of the Hong Kong Organic Directory and “Scarecrow“, a quarterly magazine

- and the establishment of an organic certification system (local).


Program Details

1. Organic Farming Projects

The organization supports the Hong Kong Organic Farming Association’s Organic Resource Center and its organic certification system. They hope to make organically grown produce more mainstream in the future.

2. Community Gardening Promotion

Produce Green’s HK organic School and Community Network (HKONE), along with other gardening seminars and freely distributed organization sponsored publications targets schools to promote organic community gardens. Farming courses for campus tutors are also offered.

3. Educational Initiatives

The non-profit shares it vision through eco-tours and environmental educational activities at its central site. Visitors can enjoy guided tours, a “green” eating workshop, sustainable living lessons and other special activities.


Produce Green Needs You

To further its organic farming vision and sustainable living principles, the organization needs your donations to continue with its educational initiatives and courses, as well as acquire more property for organic farming. You can also become a member to avail of special benefits and privileges. Click here for more information.


Contact Info

Produce Green Foundation

18 Hok Tau Village,

Fanling , N.T., Hong Kong

E-mail: info@producegreen.org.hk

Tel  2674 1190

Fax  2674 8077