Project for Improving Water Access and Agriculture Income (PIWAAI) is a 3 year project jointly implemented by Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity (ISAP) with the funding support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Japan (MOFA-Japan). PIWAAI aims to improve the living situation of the target population at Balefi Rural Municipality, Sunkoshi Rural Municipality and Melamchi Municipality of Sindhupalchok district through rehabilitation and reconstruction of Water Supply Schemes and increasing income of the target beneficiaries through Agriculture Extension. The project was scheduled to start its on-field activities from March, 2020 but due to the nationwide lockdown caused by the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, the district level project activities had to be stalled until August, 2020. With the ease on travel restriction, the district team members resumed work at their respective duty stations and field level project activities have begun in full fledge following all the safety precautions as mandated by the Government of Nepal.
Here are some pictures of recent PIWAAI activities
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Due to the pandemic, numerous projects have experienced a standstill with no noticeable progress since months. Nevertheless, during such trying times, we are delighted to share that Small Agro Farmers Income Improvement Project (SAFII) has not lagged behind completely. In the absence of project team led technical monitoring visit, Leader Farmers (LFs) who have a significant role in advising, monitoring and training their fellow farmers, LFs have started to routinely visit their fellow farmers for regular technical guidance and support. Beneficiary farmers are pleased as they can rely on the support of their fellow leader farmer on any field issues they have. We have also been updating our farmers on market situation followed by information on diseases and pests management through radio broadcasting on local FM program as a part of Public Service Announcement. With only 3 months remaining for project completion, Leader Farmers Monitoring approach is deemed to transfer the project based technology at the local level and contribute towards project sustainability. Here are some pictures from our project site.
October 13, 2020 marks the 30th International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Today, we look back at our mason training project which we had initiated in 2016 AD in collaboration with Peace Winds Japan. We had conducted the 45 Day On-the-Job Mason Training Project in different earthquake affected districts of the country. Below is a picture of one of our masons from Sindhupalchok district overseeing reconstruction activities of her low cost earthquake resistant mud and mortar structure house at Pauwa, Chautara Sangachok-gadhi Municipality-07.
Kings College in collaboration with ISAP, Krishak Ra Prabidhi, DV Excellus, Gandaki Urja, EcoHImal and Baliyo Nepal had organized a virtual seminar on the topic “AGRICULTURE NUTRITION PATHWAY: INCOME GENERATION TO IMPROVING HEALTH” on Monday, 7th September, for its second session of Agri Talk, which is a bimonthly event initiated with an objective of promoting good practices in agriculture and finding possible solutions to existing problems in the sector.
Agriculture is possibly the most talked about and yet neglected sector in Nepal. Being “the most talked about” and “neglected” don’t go together and it shouldn’t. For that to happen we have to upgrade our agriculture practices. In this session of Agri Talks, Dr. Atul Upadhyay, CEO, Baliyo Nepal shed light on agriculture and market infrastructure, nutrition and health, dietary diversity, fortified foods, entrepreneurship, access to microcredit and cooperatives and women empowerment. He also gave some insight on the impact of COVID-19 on income generating activities at household level in Nepal. The presenter also discussed about the urgency of initiatives to increase youth participation in agriculture, lack of knowledge transfer and good governance. He also shared about the importance of ‘Reaching the Unreached’ through ‘AAA’ foods which stands for Affordable, Available and Accessible. This can be approached through ‘PPP’ i.e Public Private Partnership. Baliyo Nepal has also started an interesting “Baliyo Nepal and Egg Movement Initiative” to popularize egg consumption.
The first event of Agri Talks was conducted at Kings College but due to the ongoing pandemic, we had chosen virtual medium for this session. We will continue our efforts in spreading awareness, changing perception and bringing positive changes in the sector in the best of our capabilities.
On behalf of all the organizers, we would like to thank all the participants without whose support we would not have been able to conduct this event. Hoping to see you in future events as well.