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Seed producers in Dailekh insure their crops
by: RAP 3      on: 08 Dec, 2017

Seed prodcuers in Dailekh plan to insure their crops, benefiting from the Government of Nepal subsidised scheme.  CONNECT is supporting farmers to submit applictations to Everest Insurance and expects reaching subsidised insurance to farmers to reduce risks significantly and further encourage them to increase production.

Newly appointed Yuva Vayus in Dullu receive training
by: RAP 3      on: 01 Dec, 2017

The CONNECT team in Dailekh, Kushal Hamal and Birsha Nepali alongside Bhawana Dairy Chairperson, Tulsi Regmi delivered training on cost of production, price setting, sales strategy and RAP3's Code of Conduct to 6 Yuva Vayus (YV) in Dullu. 

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CONNECT's partner Belpata Dairy Co-operative (BDC) has recently expanded their downstream supply chain to Dullu, in partnership with Bhawana Dairy.  The newly appointed Yuva Vayus are in-community volunteers that will lead the farmer groups within BDC's expanded supply chain.

UNL Senior Management in Mid and Far West to assess Hamri Didi Programme
by: RAP 3      on: 23 Nov, 2017

The CONNECT team are in the field to facilitate Unilever Nepal Senior Manager, Mr Bharat Prasain’s visit to the Mid and Far West to meet Hamri Didis (HD) and assess the HD programme’s progress over the last year.  Mr Prasain will meet with HDs in Dadeldhura, Doti and Achham.

While in Doti Mr Prasain met Hamri Didi, Ms Sapana Auji (pictured) at her home at Bhagthata. Sapana started working as a HD in August 2017 and to date has billed NPR 7,500. She discussed the difficulties of collecting and transporting products with Mr Prasain.

Narayan Campus FEC members met local businessman, Mr Jhabiraj Khatri yesterday
by: RAP 3      on: 20 Nov, 2017

Narayan Campus' Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) invited local businessman, Mr Jhabiraj Khatri to share his experience of doing business in Dailekh with members. Mr Khatri, the owner of Gadi Spice and Vice President of the Dailekh DCCI spoke with FEC members about the challenges and difficulties he has faced and the commitment and hard work needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.  He also led a discussion on the importance of markets and the resources needed to do business.

Future Entrepreneurs with ideas and ambition
by: RAP 3      on: 10 Nov, 2017

Members of our Future Entrepreneurs’ Clubs (FECs) have lots of ideas and ambition.

As NAST, Dhangadhi FEC members plan future events and activities CONNECT is supporting them to improve their processes and record keeping.  Earlier this week, CONNECT District Manager Sher Bahadur Bohara and Interns Niva and Manoranjan delivered a session on finance best practice and facilitated the formation of a Finance Committee to manage club funds.

And today, Narayan Campus, Dailekh FEC members met to plan a motivational event that will give club members the opportunity to hear success stories from prominent, local business leaders.

An additional 140 farmers to benefit from CONNECT’s collaboration with HVAP
by: RAP 3      on: 10 Nov, 2017

Earlier this year CONNECT collaborated with IFAD funded High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) to the benefit of 76 fresh vegetable farmers in Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre’s supply chain.

CONNECT and HVAP have agreed a further collaboration and with CONNECT’s technical support and HVAP’s financial support 140 farmers will benefit from 7 irrigation ponds covering 120 ropanis of land and 90 of these farmers will also receive poly houses and drip irrigation, enabling them to increase production of high value, off-season vegetables.

 

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.