Manechauka Sustainable Agriculture Education Program

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CLNF decided to get involved in this project based on setting up a model of how to achieve considerable widespread improvements in the quality agriculture education in Nepal.   The basis of the project is to work with up to 250 students on Diploma in Agriculture courses in Food Science and Animal Science, by providing a range of improved applied education components including –
    • The provision of a school working farm with segments that allow specific experience in areas such as propagation, new plant varieties and agribusiness knowledge, and
    • Classroom education that focusses on applied knowledge, especially on methods of improving productivity, minimisation of use of chemicals and effective agribusiness strategies,
Training will also be given to students to learn how to pass on their knowledge in their own communities through structured education modules.     The above photo shows a group of Dip Agriculture students working on preparation of a school farm plot located within the campus of Shree Tribhuvan Senior High School. The equipment has been part of the funding to date provided by Community Leadership Nepal Foundation. The school farm is a central part of our programme, aimed at increasing the practical component of coursework. It is important that students learn safe and sustainable agriculture methods, against the backdrop of increased chemical use of fertilizers, weedicides and pesticides in Nepal. They also get to learn alternative agriculture methods and food types. Some of this experience is channelled into modular courses which the students are trained on how to provide to farmers in their home villages and communities.