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

OBJECTIVES/GOALS

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.

 

Specific Objectives:

  • 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.


PROJECT AREA

  • Bayul-kuenza, Bongo Gewog, Chhukha Dzongkhag,
  • Buli, Tali, Kikhar and Darpay, Nangkor Gewog, and Berti under Trong Gewog, Zhemgang.

DONORS

PROJECT IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

CIVIL SOCIETY IN DEVELOPMENT (CISU)

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (NOP)

DZONGKHAG ADMINISTRATION CHHUKHA AND ZHEMGANG

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. 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.    
  2. Developed Training Manual/Field Guide on Low Cost Organic Farming Technology developed and distributed to FFLG Facilitators.  
  3. Published and distributed a compressive Baseline Study Report on farmers’ yields and food security of the two project areas.
  4. 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.
  5. 100% household members consumed their own vegetables grown in their kitchen garden and few farmers could earn additional income from the sale of vegetables.
  6. Adopted and practiced mulching, composting, crop-rotation, companion-cropping and intercropping/polyculture by all the Farmers Family Learning Groups. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Awarded Organic Certificate by NOP to Dakpey Farmers Family Learning Group for organic Turmeric and Ginger.
  10. Bayul-kuenza and Gidaphu Farmers Family Learning Groups are awarded Corporative Certificate by Department of Marketing Cooperative, Ministry of Agriculture.
  11. Established networking for knowledge exchange amongst the Farmers Family Learning Groups of two project areas through a WeChat Social Network.

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