29 May 2016
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Hunger Statistics of 2013 shows that nearly one in eight of the total world’s population are suffering from chronic undernourishment, and almost 98% of these people live in developing countries. Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011 suggests that 41% of children under the age of 5 are suffering from chronic under nutrition (stunting) and 35% of women of age 15-49 are anemic in Nepal. The Nepali Government’s recent Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Plan 2013-17 states that agricultural development is considered to be an influential means to address nutrition and LI BIRD’s extensive research has found that within agriculture, homestead biodiversity management is a prominent factor to improve both family nutrition and household income. Agriculture Development Strategy 2015 considers food and nutrition security as a key development focus and defines home garden as one of means to address the issue. Thus it is a need to integrate home garden in ongoing agriculture and livelihood programmes by all government and non-government development organizations.
The overall aim of this course is to build participants knowledge and experience on integrated home garden management. After the course, participants will be able to describe the home garden concept and its contribution to family nutrition ii) design climate smart home gardens iii) apply the home garden approach in their own context.
The course will elaborate on the connection between nutrition and agriculture and will provide tools for increasing the resilience of smallholder farming families through improved nutrition and income. It will also identify techniques to increase food diversity in smallholder farms through systematic planning and design. Based on the principle of low external input agriculture, the course will highlight organic agriculture and the vertical and horizontal space utilization for optimum output. Besides there will be through exercise on how the concept could be integrated into an ongoing livelihood programme.
The course will be facilitated by LI-BIRD which holds more than 12 years research and field experience. It will also invite the participants to share their own experiences to reflect on the current national and global Home Garden practices. The course will be a participatory and hands-on professional training which will offer a stimulating learning experience.
Course fee: NPR 30,000 (covering administration costs, lecture materials and excursions, lodging and training related travel expenses)
Scholarships are not available. So, participants are encouraged to find the funding opportunities for scholarships.
Training Date: 4-7 July 2016
Venue: Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal
Deadline for application: 13 June 2016