Himalayan Permaculture Centre works with marginal villages in remote areas of Nepal to create resilient farming communities
Organization: Himalayan Permaculture Centre
Author: Chris Evans
Himalayan Permaculture Center (HPC) aims to be a model for introducing the concept of resilience into communities, and for demonstrating those techniques and approaches required to maintain adequate food security in the face of the challenges presented by climate change and peak oil, and resultant financial and social insecurity.
HPC, while a newly registered NGO, is a grass roots organization made up of staff and members who have a wealth of experience in planning and implementing people-centered development programs in remote and challenging environments. They use a range of over forty techniques for on-farm, domestic self-reliance that have been developed over the last twenty years and are designed to strengthen household security through:
- increasing and diversifying farm productivity
- reducing cost of domestic activities in terms of time, labour and money
- improving health through better nutrition and hygiene and less hard work
- using and recycling local resources
- protecting the environment
These activities have been selected because they address the priorities of the program: agricultural productivity, health, and capacity building in the most holistic, participatory and integrated way. The techniques and approaches used are based on considerable experience in working in climatically challenging areas. They are also based on a collection of best practice techniques identified, used and refined over many years in similar environments. It is as a result of the feedback from farmers and from other development organizations using the techniques that they have been identified as appropriate in meeting local needs and solving local problems. Their approach is that any desired change firstly needs to be demonstrated so that farmers can view first hand. Secondly by providing practical and pro-active training farmers learn how to create and manage the different techniques. Thirdly by being able to access resources of seed, seedlings and educational material farmers have the complete package to be able to replicate techniques in their own communities in a self-determined manner.
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