Recently, in Nepal, I visited a village-focused agricultural project. Born out of the earthquake and seeded by an international donation, this project started with the purchase of good seed, the development of some infrastructure (like watering system), agricultural know-how and training of the village women.
I saw a few ripe tomatoes and I understand that this is the beginning of crops to be harvested. Produce will be distributed through Green Mart, a small chain of grocery stalls in Kathmandu, and profits will be distributed back to the women in the village.
This project is being very carefully monitored with all activities being documented and measured. The aim is to optimise the operation and output of this farm while also encouraging the women to start their own personal farms.
I’d love to see this project replicated many times in Nepal, and perhaps “seeded” with investments from those with good hearts