Posts Tagged ‘Nepal’

Nepal Permaculture Group (NPG)

Saturday, 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

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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

Nepal – Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

(Source: Permaculture Activist)

The Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP) is a small center based in Jajarkot, Nepal, aimed at revitalizing traditional farming techniques with enhanced sustainable methods for better results. This small organization is supported by ActionAid Nepal. The program works with the local community to increase food supply and improve production.

Program description

JPP has demonstration sites for presenting sustainable farm design with the incorporation of social programs. The first permaculture design course was conducted in 1995 by experienced farmers and permaculture experts. They taught fellow farmers how to increase yield with proper land use and efficient utilization of available resources to enrich fields without needing additional farm lands. The Center also provides training for income generating livelihoods: beekeeping, weaving, vegetable production and potable water systems.

Current agricultural initiatives are:

Agro-forestry

• Composting

• Farm system diversification

• intercropping

• Regenerative agriculture methods (green manures)

JPP extends its services by supporting human rights for minority groups and the poor. Their social development program includes support for small enterprises, adult education, along with access to better credit/saving systems and health facilities.

Contact Info:

Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP)

P.O. Box 10908

Kathmandu,

Nepal

Tel: Kathmandu 270466 (off.), 272167 (farm)

Fax: +977(1)259833

Nepalganj (081) 22389

Surkhet (083) 29313

Email: jpp@mos.com.np