Himalayan Bioresources: Volume 6, Issue 2

Volume 6, Issue 2: September 2015

Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture: Some initial findings towards commercialization of agriculture products in Nepal

Testing and application of some of the initial key components of Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture (ECA) in Nepal has produced some notable outputs. ANSAB has envisioned ECA as a new program with the goal of transforming conventional agriculture and forestry into climate smart and prestigious business. Over the past some years, with financial assistance from blue moon fund (bmf), ANSAB has started assessing the components of ECA through testing its effectiveness, making a ground for efficiency testing and scaling-up. With this, ANSAB has been able to explore, screen and introduce some of the prospective crops and technologies in experimentation centers, while accomplishing crop production trials, product development and market testing of some of the promising crops and its products. While some of the products such as yacon syrup, herbal teas, shiitake mushroom, selected fruits and vegetables, paulownia seedlings and charcoal produced following ECA principles are now ready for commercialization; there are other promising products such as watermelon, onion, garlic, dairy products, kiwi, avocado and pellets that are explored and screened for testing under ECA in Nepal.

Read ECA updates >>>

Nepal Centre for Excellence Project develops a new product following Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture principle

The Ashapuri Yacon Syrup is a new product developed by the Nepal Centre for Excellence (NeCOE) project. The syrup is extracted from the roots of Yacon plant (Smallanthus sonchifolius), also known as Ground Apple, which has now been grown in the Himalaya by the local community groups following Ecosystem-based Commercial Agriculture (ECA) as conceptualized and envisioned by ANSAB. ANSAB’s local partner, Ashapuri Organic Pvt. Ltd. has been producing the syrup at a commercial scale using the state-of-the art technology in clean and hygienic environment. The product is available in certain outlets of the company in Kathmandu.

For detailed information on the product, click here >>>

PUBLICATIONS

Capability Statement

The Capability Statement is a detailed technical presentation of ANSAB’s programs and achievements. Updated for the second time since 2008, this latest version will be of interest to prospective donors and partners, as well as to every person working in the fields of economic development and biodiversity conservation who wants to know more about our organization.

Download the capability statement 2015 (PDF, 2.74 MB) >>>

Video on “Local Livelihood Enhancement through Sustainable Management and Marketing of NTFPs in Karnali” available on YouTube

A video documentary titled Local Livelihood Enhancement through Sustainable Management and Marketing of NTFPs in Karnali produced by ANSAB (Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources) in collaboration with Mission East and Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Center (KIRDARC); and local partners Rural Development Group Programme (RDGP) and Rural Community Development Center (RCDC) under “Economic Growth for Social Justice: Supporting NTFP trade and business development in Karnali” project supported from European Commission has been uploaded on the ANSAB YouTube Channel. The video is focused on local livelihood enhancement through sustainable management of non timber forest products of Humla, Jumla and Mugu districts of Karnali region.

ANSAB has also produced the Nepali version of the video.  For Nepali version, click here >>>

ANSAB starts publishing One Health related news and articles in Nepal

ANSAB in association with HIPAT – a monthly agricultural magazine in Nepal, has started publishing news and articles on one health issues on monthly basis from August, 2015.  The articles covers different topics of one health with an aim to contribute on reduction of Zoonoses & alleviate their impact on fragile population by promoting awareness, behaviour change, & coordination between individuals, local & national authorities. Following articles has been published since July 2015

  • Zoonotic Diseases, July 2015
  • Cysticercosis, August 2015

EVENTS

Strategy Planning Seminar on Learning from Nepal Earthquake for Indian Himalayas and Gangetic Plains

Executive Director, Dr. Bhishma P. Subedi, presented on 2015 Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Respnse: Experiences and Lessons at “Strategy Planning Seminar on Learning from Nepal Earthquake for Indian Himalayas and Gangetic Plains” in Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India on August 20, 2015.  The workshop was organized by Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) in collaboration with Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB), G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Kumaun University. All together there were around 10 participants of experts and workers who were intensively involved in relief operations during initial as well as later stages of Nepal Earthquake 2015 from Nepal and participation of other experts from India as well. The workshop aimed to provide a forum to experts, practitioners and service providers involved in various post-earthquake activities of Nepal to discuss the learning and in future, to publish a strategy and policy outreach document and its dissemination among the stakeholders for sensitization and awareness based on those learnings. The workshop helped to strengthen the processes that enhance the preparedness at national and sub national levels.

Workshop on Food, handicrafts and Geographical indication: Towards the emergence of a new rural development paradigm

Programs Manager, Mr. Puspa L. Ghimire, participated the “Food, handicrafts and Geographical indication: Towards the emergence of a new rural development paradigm” workshop held in Thimphu, Bhutan on August 5 and 6, 2015. The workshop was organized with support of The Ministry for Agriculture and Forests, The Royal University of Bhutan, The Tourism Council of Bhutan, The European Delegation in Delhi and The Embassy of France in India. The workshop was a direct follow-up of the conference on Geographical Food organized in October 2013 and to the recent provisions on the subject of geographical indicators being discussed in Bhutan. The workshop aimed to bring together and facilitate collaboration and decision making among relevant stakeholders to enhance the quality of existing potential geographical indicators; to inspire Bhutanese chefs to explore and use local produce in order to develop a Bhutanese culinary; and to provide new avenues to the Royal University of Bhutan for collaborative research in the region to study heritage and determine best tools and strategies to promote local know-how, agriculture practices and unique products.

PROJECTS

2015 Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Program

1. blue moon fund (bmf) awards ANSAB for Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Project

Funded by blue moon fund (bmf), this project was designed jointly by ANSAB and bmf to provide immediate relief and recovery support to the affected communities in ANSAB/bmf program areas in response to the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015 and a series of aftershocks thereafter in Nepal. The project supplied the affected communities with Food and nutrion, clean drinking water, semi-permanent shelter and livelihood support by demonstrating an effective and cost-efficient immediate relief delivery and a model of much needed initial recovery action leading to rural development. The project was implemented from May 2015 to April 2016.

2. Nepal Earthquake Response Program

ANSAB Nepal together with Relief International (RI) and CHESS Nepal implemented a three-month emergency support program, comprising the provision of temporary shelter packages to 3,000 households/15,000 persons in 14 Village Development Committees (VDCs)/municipalities of the 3 earthquake affected districts of Gorkha, Dolakha and Sindhupalchok in Nepal. The program was implemented in remote communities of the 3 target districts, where more than 85% houses have been partially or completely destroyed, where access to markets is extremely limited or non-existent, and where other humanitarian actors are not addressing the needs identified in this program. Program direct beneficiaries were among the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, especially the poor, female, elderly, and disabled heads of households. The project was implemented from June 2015 to August 2015.

ANSAB enters into agreement with NTFP-EP for Nepal’s case on FAO Forests and Beauty Study

Non-Timber Forest Products–Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP), a project holder of FAO project entitled Forests and Beauty Study has approached ANSAB for Nepal’s case on NTFPs used in beauty and cosmetics industry. The Forests and Beauty Study will compile cases from over ten countries in the in Asia and the Pacific region, and ANSAB will work for the Nepal’s case on Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi). The case will be presented in the Asia Pacific Forestry Week to be held in Phillipines in February 2016.

Find ANSAB’s current projects >>>

MARKET PRICE

July 2015 prices in NRs./Kg. Average of two markets (Kathmandu and Nepalgunj) for Nepal; and four (Delhi, Tanakpur, Lucknow and Kolkata) for India. Variations calculated from the previous month.

Consult the complete price list (33 products) >>>

FROM THE FIELD

ANSAB organizes Community Health Worker (CHW) Training in Chitwan and Banke districts

ANSAB organizes Under One Health Asia Programme (OHAP), ten days “Community Health Worker Training” program from July 12 to 21, 2015 in Banke district and from August 9 to 18, 2015 in Chitwan district. Altogether there were 30 participants in each district, including community level private para-vets and Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs). The participants were selected based on standard criteria developed in coordination with District Livestock Service Office (DLSO) and District Public Health Office (DPHO). The training provided first hand information and skills on zoonotic disease identification, prevention, diagnosis, surveillance, and reporting to the participants.

IN BRIEF

ANSAB responds to 2015 Nepal Earthquake

ANSAB has distributed CGI sheets to about 2,000 households in Dolakha and Sindhualchok districts to provide semi/permanent shelter support the most vulnerable community members in response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The beneficiary community members were selected in collaboration with government stakeholders (disaster response committees at village and district levels), local partners, community leaders, community forest user groups and the project partners. In order to support the community members in their recovery leading to development, ANSAB has also provided two semi automatic brick making machines in Sindhupalchok and Kavrepalcnchok districts. As part of the relief support, ANSAB has previously supported 850 HHs with food, and 1,000 HHs with temporary shelter.

Read more on our 2015 Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Program >>>

VACANCY

Program Officer-Agriculture and Experts

ANSAB is seeking a well-qualified and experienced candidate for the position of Program Officer-Agriculture and Experts in Kathmandu. Deadline for the application is September 10, 2015.

For details of the position, click here >>>