CAPSA, in collaboration with partners, is organizing five interregional visits (study tours) for smallholder value chain actors, including lead farmers, civil society organization representatives, small-scale entrepreneurs and traders, to complement and enhance the impact of training activities organized under the SATNET Asia project.
In partnership with the Nepalese Farming Institute (NFI), the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) organized training on best practices in integrated nutrient management and Jeevatu-based cost-effective organic farming on 23-25 April 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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One of the main challenges to producing enough food for the poorest rural families in Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), while protecting the environment, is ensuring access to and sustainable management of water resources. Inadequate access to water prevents the Cambodian and Lao farming communities from diversifying agricultural production, cultivating dry season crops and earning a profit. The high dependence on rain-fed cropping makes smallholder farmers highly vulnerable to income and food insecurity.
The non-governmental organization NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice is implementing the project titled "Sustainable Technology transfer to Enhance Productivity of Ultra Poor – STEP UP" in Bangladesh and India under Component 1 of the European Union programme "Technology Transfer for Food Security in Asia". With its €4.4-million (US$ 6 million) funding, the project helps farmers acquire entry-point technologies which bring quick economic results and allow further investment in locally inspired composting techniques, local seed banks as well as basic soil and water conservation techniques.
Anima Mahatah comes from an indigenous community living in North Bengal of Bangladesh. Her father was barely able to support his family of six members with his meagre income as an agricultural labourer. However, Anima is an example of the many people who have successfully transformed their lives by taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the project titled "Sustainable Technology transfer to Enhance Productivity of Ultra Poor – STEP UP" funded by the European Union and implemented by NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice in Bangladesh and India.