Agro-Ecological Farming in Chhukha and Zhemgang funded CISU/OD (JANUARY 2018 - DECEMBER 2019)
Empower Small Scale Bhutanese Farmers to Increase Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods through Agro-Ecological Farming and Food Systems Development funded by OD/CISU
Goal is to contribute towards Bhutan’s vision of going 100% organic by fostering environmentally, socially and economically sound, resilient and sustainable livelihood strategies by integrating the principles of agro-ecological farming and ecosystem management.
- Develop a participatory organic agro-ecological method for the empowerment, cooperation and advocacy capacity of the target groups based on the FFLG;
- Enhance capacity of small-scale farmers use of organic agro-ecological farming system methods to increase food security; and
- Identify areas for integrating Natural Resource Management and ecosystem management into sustainable climate resilient livelihood strategies for target groups.
- Bayul-kuenza, Bongo Gewog, Chhukha Dzongkhag,
- Buli, Tali, Kikhar and Darpay, Nangkor Gewog, and Berti under Trong Gewog, Zhemgang.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
CIVIL SOCIETY IN DEVELOPMENT (CISU)
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (NOP)
DZONGKHAG ADMINISTRATION CHHUKHA AND ZHEMGANG
- Established 11 Farmers Family Learning Groups and 2 Youth Groups in two project areas and 8 Farmers Family Learning Groups and 2 Youth Groups active to promote Agro-ecological farming.
- Developed Training Manual/Field Guide on Low Cost Organic Farming Technology developed and distributed to FFLG Facilitators.
- Published and distributed a compressive Baseline Study Report on farmers’ yields and food security of the two project areas.
- 100% household members of the Farmers Family Learning Groups in two project areas owned vegetable/kitchen gardens and grew varieties of vegetables for increasing yields and food security in their farms.
- 100% household members consumed their own vegetables grown in their kitchen garden and few farmers could earn additional income from the sale of vegetables.
- Adopted and practiced mulching, composting, crop-rotation, companion-cropping and intercropping/polyculture by all the Farmers Family Learning Groups.
- Practiced the preparation of bio-pesticides, liquid manure techniques by 60% of the Farmers Family Learning Groups and few households adopted hip-compost, vermi-compost and Azolo plantation.
- Farmers Family Learning Group members were trained on ecological/organic farming, crop diversification, water conservation techniques and knowledge sharing study tour, and they are skilled enough to promote the program in their respective villages.
- Awarded Organic Certificate by NOP to Dakpey Farmers Family Learning Group for organic Turmeric and Ginger.
- Bayul-kuenza and Gidaphu Farmers Family Learning Groups are awarded Corporative Certificate by Department of Marketing Cooperative, Ministry of Agriculture.
- Established networking for knowledge exchange amongst the Farmers Family Learning Groups of two project areas through a WeChat Social Network.
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