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Hamri Didis continue trading during the monsoon thanks to credit from Unilever
by: ruth      on: 27 Oct, 2017

Earlier this year 69 Hamri Didis received monsoon credit of NPR 945,000 from Unilever Nepal Limited. The short term credit enabled the Hamri Didis to stock-up and continue trading during the monsoon without being affected by access related disruptions in supply. 

This is the first time UNL has offered monsoon credit to Hamri Didis in the Mid & Far West and we’re delighted to confirm that all 69 women have successfully repaid their loans within the agreed credit period.

OMF obtains organic certification
by: ruth      on: 26 Oct, 2017

Organic Mountain Flavor (OMF) has obtained organic certification of 133 hectares of land in Surkhet.  The certification, granted by ECOCert, covers land farmed by 366 ginger farmers in OMF's downstream supply chain.  These farmers will receive higher prices from OMF for the ginger they produce as, with organic certification, OMF is able to sell ginger at a premium price.

Dairy farmers in Dailekh receive Village Animal Health Worker training
by: ruth      on: 23 Oct, 2017

CONNECT’s partner Belpata Dairy Co-operative (BDC) are investing in their downstream supply chain by providing Village Animal Health Worker training for their Yuva Vayus (YVs).  YVs are in-community volunteers that have taken on leadership roles mobilising, energising and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to. All 21 Yuva Vayus in BDC’s supply chain attended the two day training on Milk Production and Management covering a range of topics including animal feed management, milking and milk storage techniques. The women are now putting their learning into practice and sharing their new knowledge with other farmers in their communities.

CONNECT Yuva Vayu secures paid employment with local NGO
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Oct, 2017

Tara Rawal, a Yuva Vayu in our partner HSPC’s downstream supply chain has found employment with a local NGO, Adaption for Smallholders in Hilly Areas (ASHA).  Yuva Vayus are in-community volunteers that have chosen to take on leadership roles mobilising, energising and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to.  We are delighted that Tara has now secured paid employment as a Social Mobiliser at ASHA - a climate change adaptation project that builds communities’ capacity to tackle the consequences of climate change. This is a fantastic opportunity for Tara and CONNECT wishes her well as she builds her own career while continuing to support her community.

76 fresh vegetable farmers benefit from CONNECT’s partnership with HVAP
by: RAP 3      on: 09 Oct, 2017

CONNECT joined hands with IFAD funded High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) to scale-up commercial production of off-season vegetables by Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre’s downstream suppliers. With CONNECT’s technical support and HVAP’s financial support, construction of 76 polyhouses with drip irrigation has been completed. This initiative will enable farmers to increase production of high value, off-season vegetables .