Agriculture and livestock
Norlha develops sustainable farming working closely with individuals and communities. We offer training for farmers in new techniques and organic methods, we equip them with tools and labour-saving devices, we seek out better quality seeds or livestock adapted to the terrain to improve their chances of success. We give extra support through literacy and numeracy courses, micro-finance and by developing access to markets. Every programme is built on the communities’ needs and traditional practice.
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More than half the families in Rasuwa live below the poverty line. Access to basic services, resources, and transport is extremely limited. Farming is the main economic activity, yet most families have only very small land holdings and have difficulty producing enough food to last all year-round.
This programme is organised in one of the most far flung and poorest corners of Nepal. Set in the far west of the country, several days hiking from the nearest road, families in Humla struggle to scrape a living. Here we prioritise the most marginalised groups, including women and ethnic minorities. We have formed 60 farmers’ groups representing 325 families in total with a high number of women-headed households.
More than 35% of the population in Dhading is poor and belongs to ethnic groups that are socially marginalized. Most inhabitants engage in subsistence farming and have very little income. Potato farming and raising sheep provide the nutritional and economic backbone for the households of north Dhading.
At an average altitude of 4200m, the vegetation in the Sershul districtis limited to the prairies of the high plateau and some rare shrubs. The inhabitants of this region have lived off yaks for many centuries: yak meat andbarley tsampa, milk, butterand yoghurtin the summer months, tea with butter, and other dishes rich in calories in the winter months to protect them from the cold. Yaks also provides tents and clothes, fuel, and all sorts of tools.