Project Name Young Women and Men Farmers as Advocates for Sustainable, Resilient, Gender Sensitive Agri-Forest Based Livelihoods: Young Farmers for Farms in Forests, Forests in Farms: National Young Farmers Commit

Supporting Organization
AFA Asian Farmer Association for Sustainable Rural Development
Year
2021

Project Name: Young Women and Men Farmers as Advocates for Sustainable, Resilient, Gender Sensitive Agri-Forest Based Livelihoods: Young Farmers for Farms in Forests, Forests in Farms: National Young Farmers Committee Grant

Supporting Organization: Asian Farmers Association for sustainable rural development (AFA)
Year:                                      2021

Title: Improved capacity of the Youth Committee members on Lobby advocacy skill, Sustainable Agriculture and Enterprise Development

Name of organization: Central Tea Cooperative Federation Ltd., Nepal

Objectives

  • Advanced the participants\\\' understanding on sustainable agriculture, agroforestry and agroforestry-based enterprises,
  • Developed the lobby, advocacy and leadership skills of the youths to lobby and advocate the issues of young farmers,
  • Prepared business plan and farm planning,
  • Distributed tea and kiwi seedlings to young farmers to establish their own business

Scope of work

  • Activity 1: Virtual Training on Lobby Skill, Sustainable Agriculture and Enterprise Development

The virtual training under the project entitled \\\"Improved capacity of the youth committee members on Lobby Advocacy skills, Sustainable Agriculture and Enterprise Development\\\" was conducted from 15 to 17th July, 2021 using zoom platform due to the COVID pandemic. Altogether 18 youth farmers and leaders (9 males and 9 females) engaging in different cooperatives and private sector from eight districts participated in the training. The virtual training was mainly guided to understanding sustainable agriculture, agroforestry and agroforestry-based enterprises, developed the lobby, advocacy and leadership skills of the youths to lobby and advocate the issues of young farmers, prepared business plan and farm planning and distributed tea and kiwi seedlings to young farmers to establish their own business.

Training participants were oriented on introduction to sustainable agriculture, need/importance of sustainable agriculture, practices of sustainable agriculture, concept/need and importance of agroforestry, income generation from agroforestry practices. Similarly, for the development of lobby and leadership skill participants were oriented on Lobby skill of young farmers, how to prepare SMART policy documents, how to conduct meeting with decision makers (stakeholders local govt. Agricultural officers (FACT Methodology), stakeholder analysis mapping uploading problems from youth farmers and download solution from decision makers and policy makers. Likely for the entrepreneurship development participants were oriented generation of business ideas, Preparation of business plan, Farm planning and record keeping, Enterprise development, Success of enterprise, Success stories.

During the virtual training participants had prepared their farm business plan in brief. (Please see the business plan template in annex 3). Similarly discussion and opinion sharing on Draft policy recommendations/ position paper on YF support for organic farming certification conducted with the training participants. CTCF Nepal has developed a draft recommendation paper on young farmer support for organic farming and certification.

  • Activity 2: Distributed tea and kiwi seedlings to young farmers to establish their own business

CTCF Nepal provided 550 tea seedlings to 18 young farmers each (total 9900 seedlings) and 20 kiwi seedlings to 15 young each (total 300 kiwi seedlings) as a part of enterprise support to strengthen their family farming business. The young farmers planted tea and kiwi in three hectares of land by which agroforestry system was promoted and the income of farmers will certainly rise. Some of the YF have intercropped chilly, cardamom, beans, lentil, etc. which has added some surplus return to their family farming business. The young farmers generated revenue from their farm which they invested to flourish their enterprises and became self-sustained.

Result Achieved

  • 18 young and women farmers gathered a comprehensive understanding on sustainable agriculture, agroforestry and agroforestry-based enterprises,
  • Participants got knowledge of leadership skills on lobby and advocate and had committed to advocate on the issues of young farmers on agroforestry practices and family farming,
  • Prepared and presented individual business plans,
  • Generated new and unique business ideas,
  • Identified concerned stakeholders to access financial and technical support,
  • Prepared drafted policy recommendations/ position paper for organic farming certification
  • Started their own enterprises with the input support (seedlings of tea and kiwi plant) and promoted agroforestry practices and environmental conservation.

Total Budget:

Grants received From AFA:

$3112

CTCF Contribution

$308

Total Budget

$ 3420