Nepali Partners sharpen their Knowledge by Cross Learning and Exposure visits

“This is my first time in Kathmandu which provides me an ample opportunity to gain more insights about the capital of my country as well as about improved farming techniques. I was not aware of the value of replacing chemical fertilizers and pesticides through “homemade products” with local ingredients, and the negative effects of chemical fertilizers in a longer run, the importance of plantation of trees and grasses to avoid erosion and the possibility to plant various types of vegetable in a single cropping bed with the result of high crop yields. I gained experience show to do organic farming and got convinced to apply it at my places too. This trip really enriched our knowledge and motivation to apply organic farming” said Mrs. PhulbasaniTharu (30 years) from Deudakala VDC of Bardiya District, Nepal.


AWO International’s project for community empowerment and sustainable livelihood of Freed Kamaiyas (former bonded laborers) is implemented in close cooperation with theNepali civil society organization “Society for Participatory Cultural Education (SPACE)”in Bardiya District. The project has been motivating towards organic vegetable farming since few years back. Selected project beneficiaries are capacitated in organic farming. The gained knowledge and skillsare applied and a higher house hold income is the result which is also used for improvements in context of education, hygiene and health.


Trained beneficiaries are sharing their knowledge and experiences with other community members and contribute to wider extension of organic vegetable farming. To increase awareness for the value of organic farming and to get hands on experiences in context of low input and other improved technologies the project organized an exposure visit toPatalikhet, Kavre District of Nepal and sent a group of 37 (including 27 females) project beneficiaries to HASERA Organic Farming Training Center.


The beneficiaries observed organic model farms in five different areas where they learned about mixed cropping, preparation of organic fertilizers, integrated pestmanagement (IPM), organic pesticides and how to construct“poly ponds” for irrigation purposes by rainwater harvesting. Some plants have multiple uses for example Amriso (local name) can be planted as fence in a farm as it filters non-organic insects from its neighborhood and is also widely used to make brooms.  The team members were curious to learn about seed banks, fertilizersother organic products as honey or dry fruits.


The group also visited Godawari Biodiversity Knowledge Village (implementing by ICIMOD) where the members learned more about medicinal and herbal plants, green energies, various methods of preparing compost (organic compost, vermin compost), and livestock rearing etc.


Similarly, AWO International’s Rural Youth Development Program (RYDP) team visited POURAKHI another partnerorganization of AWO International in Nepal who is implementing a joint project in context of safe migration. The visit mainly focused on the entire works of POURAKHI on dissemination of information on Safe Migration along with advocacy measures for an effective implementation of policies at state level and raising voices in various Regional and International forums to influence the Government.


Visiting the “Safe Migration Information Booth” at Tribhuwan International Airport and interacting with government personnel at the Foreign Employment Promotion Board (FEPB) became a gainful learning to the visiting team member especially to the Youth Information Center Mobilizers who will spread the received knowledge to potential migrants in the rural areas of Nawalparasi district.During various interactions the multipliers received relevant information regarding government policies, mechanisms, services and legal instrumentsto name just a few.This will certainly help to improve the quality of information dissemination in the Youth Information Centers of the project.


In the exposure visit 13 project staffs took place (7 female and 6 male staffs). Also Nepal office of AWO International was visited where all were welcomed by the Head Representative, Mr. Felix Neuhausand the responsible Program Coordinator, Mrs. Rejina Joshi (Shrestha), followed by A presentation about AWO International and core services provided by AWO in Germany; for example in context of education, youth and migration (the service centers of AWO in Germany provide services for immigrants). 


For all involved organizations the cross learning events were of big relevance.   

Organic vegetable demo plot.

Climate / environment friendly briquettes for cooking and heating.

Solar drying system for fruits, vegetables andmedical plants.

Interaction on Migration between SAHAMATI project staff member and government representatives.

Migrant workers seek information at “Foreign Employment Information Booth” at Kathmandu Int. Airport.

All project staff of “Rural Youth Development Project” visited AWO International Office in Lalitpur, Nepal.