In Nepal, we fund a leading Nepalese non-profit organization, SECARD Nepal (The Society for Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Research and Development – Nepal). SECARD supports communities to improve their livelihoods through sustainable agriculture. Vibrant Village Foundation supports work in three communities in the Nuwakot region, about 45 kilometers from the Kathmandu Valley. There are 1,603 households and 7,084 residents in the communities. The majority of the population is from the Tamang tribe, a minority, marginalized ethnic group who live in the low mountains, up to 6,000 feet in altitude.
Due to the hilly, rocky terrain and poor dirt roads for transporting produce, few households engage in seasonal vegetable farming. The young generation out-migrates in search of jobs in cities of Nepal and in Gulf countries. The limited knowledge of agriculture practices and inability to connect to markets has led to increased food insecurity and persistent low incomes. This project will solve these interconnected problems by taking action on agricultural production, harvesting and market linkages.
600 families improve their agricultural production
One water distribution system constructed
12 women’s farmers’ cooperatives trained in organic agriculture
Raising greenhouses & tomatoes in Nepal