Ms. Suchita Shrestha
In past one year of handling the project of Organic Farming, I have met with many youths from urban, peri-urban, sub-urban and rural region whose dream is to be an organic entrepreneur. But they don’t know how and from where to start. Some youth are devoid of resources like land and investment while some has no idea about marketing and few don’t have information on farming process. However, I have also met few rural youth and few urban youth turning towards rural area for farming purpose who have already started their ventures on establishing their organic farm at around Kathmandu like Lapsiphedi, Sanga, Sankhu, Kapan, Gundu (Bhaktapur), Gokarna and neighboring districts like Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, Dhading, etc. I believe that when all these experienced and inexperienced youths come along in the form of group, a dream of green entrepreneurship is possible.
What does urban youth have?
- Market/ Customers
- Technology developer
- Agriculture graduates for technology transfer
What does rural youth have?
- Land where organic farming can be done commercially
- Resource center where urban youth can learn what it takes to be an organic entrepreneur
- Indigenous knowledge of farming
Approaches of Project
- Series of workshops: rural-urban and experienced-inexperienced youth interaction for knowledge exchange and inspiration
- Sharing forum: to address regular challenges and opportunities and to learn a new topic from expert
- Visiting resource center: for hands-on practice
- Training on institutionalizing of the farm and business plan development
- Group Marketing: Farmers' market at weekends, organic market outlets at various urban centers ( green marts, supermarkets) online marketing, home delivery, green marts
Problems addressed: Food security, rural outmigration, marketing, rampant intermediaries, shrinking suburban areas into sustainable farm
Sustainability: Privatization of farm