NPG carries out different programmes on regular basis residing within its thematic areas.
Network and policy advocacy
NPG is being actively involved in policy influence in its working themes through efficient utilization and mobilization of its network. NPG has been organizing and facilitating the policy dialogues with the MoAC, DoA, NARC and local government authorities for reformulation of existing policies, plans and programs that promotes organic agriculture and its marketing systems, sustainable agro-biodiversity use and management and improvement of food security.
General Assembly and National Permaculture Convergence
NPG is creating a common forum to all the concerned stakeholders to interact and share their knowledge, skill, experiences on one of the emerging issues on food security and climate change. It has being organizing such an issue based discussion programmes at least once in a year.
With the theme, ‘Changing trends in Nepalese farming due to trade and global warming,’ NPG organized its nineteenth National Permaculture Convergence and sixteenth General Assembly during Feb 9-10, 2013 at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur.
On the convergence day, the programme insisted the following achievements:
- Discuss and share opinions and experiences on the ongoing changing trends in Nepalese farming activities due to trade and global warming
- Provide a platform to the stakeholders with common ground to identify policy interventions, strategies, good practices and research and development interventions for addressing the changing scenario of trade and global warming
- Identify opportunities and challenges of climate change and trade related issues in Nepalese farming.
Special Attraction: To encourage the organic growers and to promote market linkage establishment, organic growers/ farmers/ traders within Kathmandu valley was explored and invited along with their organic products for display and sale. Different vegetables and cereals from various farms and locations were displayed and sold.
Similarly, the general assembly on the next day unanimously approved the technical and financial progress of the year 2011/12 and proposed budget and activity planning for the upcoming year 2013. The assembly also elected three members from different level for the vacant places in the Executive Committee.
Training and Education
Permaculture and Sustainable Agriculture Courses:
NPG conducts Permaculture Design Course at least once in a year. Major purpose of this course is to develop the efficient human resources to expand the theme nationwide. Besides, the organization also carries out the following courses regularly upon the need and the demand from different interested individuals and like minded organizations:
- Basic Permaculture Design Course
- Advanced Permaculture Design Course
- Permaculture TOT
- Sustainable Agriculture Course
- Organic Agriculture Course
Upon the need and demand from the community and the like minded organizations, NPG is being involved in promotional activities in relation to its working themes, such as, Permaculture model village and farm design, community and organizational need assessment etc.
Information and documentation
Proceedings, Newsletter, Farmers Hand Book and Research reports are the regular publications of NPG. Efforts have been taken to identify adopted technologies as well as pilot initiatives on organic agriculture for learning and doing. Building up database is in progress to facilitate the information support system. Information is being disseminated through radio program, media and various publications.