Tibet (China) –  Kheti – Healthy vegetables in Sershul Distric

Location: Sershul District, Sichuan, Tibet (China)

Period: 2009 – 2017

Direct beneficiaries: 540 – 720 people

Indirect beneficiaries: 7000 people

Financial partners: Fédération Vaudoise de Coopération (FEDEVACO), Fondation Lumilo, Objectif Tibet, Humanium

Local partners: 5 villages

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Norlha hands greenhouses over to the community

Norlha’s has successfully completed its greenhouse project in Tibet, China bringing to an end Norlha’s operations in this part of the Himalayas where it has conducted a number of projects the course of sixteen years. During the life of this farming project we installed a hundred greenhouses in five villages in Sershul District supporting 500 people directly. It meant people could enrich a diet otherwise dependent on yak meat and barley. Now the farmers will continue to work together.

The Aim

The aim was to help families overcome severe shortages of fresh vegetables and the constant threat of malnutrition.

How did it work?

Families contributed a fifth of the final cost of a greenhouse. Norlha provided tools, quality seeds and technical training.

In order to stimulate the consumption of vegetables it raised the awareness of local people about the importance of healthy food and provided cookery classes to teach the farmers and their families how to prepare vegetables they were unfamiliar with.

Challenges

Introduction of new skills
Poor soil due to frequent cropping
Poor quality seeds
High cost of greenhouses – 250 francs

Solutions

Training by lead farmers
Better soil management
Sourced improved seeds with three times the yield
New construction methods and a new parts supplier reduced greenhouses costs to 150 francs

IMPACT

Beneficiaries reported improved health
More awareness of the importance of a healthy diet
Introduced ten different vegetables
Vegetables can now be grown during an extended season May to November
Vegetables consumed every day by families during the season
Surplus vegetables shared with the community

Thank you to our partners

Our thanks go out to Fedevaco, Fondation Lumilo, Objet Tibet and Humanium for their support in making this a sustainable project.