Sustainable Agriculture Practice
Nepalese society is confronted with agricultural disparities, a cultural issue rooted in the caste system. Malnutrition and food insecurity are common problems in Nepalese society. Subsistence farming, in which farmers grow only enough food for their own families, does not always provide adequate nutrients and is hampered by harsh weather. Nepalese society is organized around a traditionally rigid caste system, with members of the highest castes owning the majority of the assets. Shelter Ashraya Nepal offers training and supplies to help residents of rural Nepal grow more and better food for themselves, their families, and their communities. The majority of farmers taking part are women, who will be able to contribute to their families income and health to a much greater extent than previously possible. Through an understanding of agricultural development and the promotion of sustainable farming techniques, our programs aim to improve the resources available to Nepalese farmers and communities.