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Researchers visit Nepal to conduct consultative meetings and trainings

By Thomas O’Malley, Technical Writer
Adaptation for Climate Change by Livestock Smallholders in Gandaki River Basin

  • Three researchers visited Nepal to discuss research findings, irrigation techniques, and an upcoming conference in January.
  • Over 90 people received training over the three week trip
  • Researchers trained 35 farmers on bucket drip irrigation systems
  • Researchers led a ‘remote sensing’ discussion to 40 professors, students, and faculty of Tribhuvan University.
  • Researchers planned, and recruited partners, for a international conference on climate and development to be led by CUNY/CSU in January 2015.

Three researchers visited Kathmandu, Nepal to conduct consultative meetings with stakeholders (national and district level offices, local NGOs and other USAID implementers) about mitigating, adapting, and building economic opportunities around livestock issues due to climate change. While they were there, they also met with potential partners for a conference this January and trained young researchers on remote sensing applications. Dr. Ajay Jha, Dr. Nir Krakauer, and Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar were in Kathmandu from June 6th through June 20th.

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Researchers present findings during consultative meetings. Photo by Dr. Ajay Jha.

Before the meetings, the researchers stopped in Kapilvastu, Nepal for a short field demonstration on a bucket drip system for kitchen gardening. More than 35 farmers showed up, and Dr. Jha and Prof. Pradeep Tamrakar, from Small Earth Nepal, showed them how to use the system for efficient irrigation. This was a hands- on demonstration. The farmers were encouraged to pick up pieces of the drip system and assemble it themselves. Many of them did this and gained crucial experience they can pass along and use to make their own systems. Continue reading

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