The climate in Nepal is perfect for growing fruit and vegetables. From asparagus to apples and bananas to ginger, almost everything grows here. With the support of Welthungerhilfe and its partner organisation Rural Reconstruction Nepal, residents of five districts in the Himalayas region are utilising this potential: The widest range of crops is being cultivated on formerly depleted arable land.
Years of civil war together with droughts and heavy rain have prevented advancements in Nepal's agriculture. A fifth of all people living in Nepal are undernourished, whilst more than half of the children are malnourished. In the past, the small amount of fruit and vegetables that families harvested from their fields was only enough for them to survive for three to nine months in the year. For the rest of the time, they depended on food donations.
Rice hardly is enough to live
However, since the farmers in the Himalayan Mountains have placed their trust in new farming methods, their situation has changed. Trees, and crops such as potatoes or grain, are growing in the fields. Tree roots prevent soil from eroding in times of heavy rain and from drying out in times of drought.
Farmers produce high quality agricultural products like ginger, mushrooms, honey or cardamom. They sell these products at local markets and abroad.
Save harvest with better watering during droughts
Persistent dry periods in the mountain region no longer lead to catastrophe: New wells and channels have been dug to irrigate the fields.
Residents of the Himalayan region are pleased: They can provide food for themselves in a reliable way and have a secure income through the sale of their harvest.