Category: Programs

Core Programmes

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.

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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:

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  • 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.

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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.

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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:

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  • Basic Permaculture Design Course
  • Advanced Permaculture Design Course
  • Permaculture TOT
  • Sustainable Agriculture Course
  • Organic Agriculture Course

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Promotion

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.

Running Project

Current Project

Promoting organic production and marketing systems through policy, information and advocacy (PROMS III)

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PROMS III is supported by EED, Germany”. The project aims at tackling the gaps and opportunities identified in the areas of policy implementation, research, education and extension, farming and marketing of organic agriculture (OA) in Nepal.

The PROMS III primarily builds on the learning, achievements and experiences of the PROMS I & II in the earlier years, with additional emphasis of extending benefits to the marginalized and small farmers. Taking the important and relevant recommendations into consideration, the project equates synergies with the programs of government, research institutions, vocational and university education, farmers’ organizations, business sector and other development actors.

Target Stakeholders

 

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Project area 

Development Regions Terai Hills
Eastern Sunsari, Morang, Siraha Dolakha, Dhankuta
Central Chitwan Kathmandu, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa
Western Rupandehi Kaski,
Mid Western Banke, Bardiya
Far Western Kailali

Activities

The project activities are grouped under the following components and they are:

Study and Research

Facilitate the process of validating of facts for informed techniques through research while collaborating with NARC; facilitate standardizing the organic agriculture techniques and inputs, education and extension services in participation and collaboration of DoA, NARC, IAAS, HiCAST and CTEVT.

Capacity Building

Training to instructors of CTEVT, IAAS and HiCAST on organic agriculture based on the new curricula of organic agriculture; training to agriculture extension officers and workers on organic agriculture and organic certification

Information and Documentation

Document current knowledge, skills, expertise, technologies and other resources; identify adopted technologies as well as pilot initiatives on organic agriculture for learning and doing; identify innovative eco agro-enterprises and assess performances and interests in organic businesses; initiate building up database and facilitate the information support system; disseminate information through radio program, media and various publications;

Organic Agriculture Education

Review the vocational curricula being taught for junior technicians (JT) and junior technical assistants (JTA) by Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) involving Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) and Himalayan College of Agricultural Science and Technology (HiCAST); design and develop organic agriculture curricula for them;

Group Partnership Development

Link organic growers with the major line agencies and development organizations; facilitate partnership cooperation between organic growers, organic certifiers, market outlets and business organizations; distinguish the organic products between domestic consumptions and export markets and link with investment potentials while facilitating with the banks and financial institutions

Advocacy and Policy

Create enabling environment for motivated actions to fill in the gaps in policies, strategies and practices; assess certification processes (ICS and PGS) while drawing learning from neighboring countries and promote implementation of ICS and/or PGS bringing in government supports – building up the certification incentive mechanism in consideration to poor and small farmers; facilitate formulation of the comprehensive guideline on NOAAB’s operation and advocate for institutional arrangements through the Department of Agriculture (DoA) to developing strategies, programming and implementation of OA related activities; Facilitate strengthening the National Coordination Committee for Organic Agriculture Production and Processing System (NCCOAPPS) established in MoAC;  Form advisory forum of like-minded specialized organizations and contribute in the policy formulation while facilitating top down–bottom up initiatives; facilitate streamlining legal and regulatory arrangements in creating enabling environment to practitioners of organic agriculture.