Category: AYN News
Welcoming New Members in AgriYouthNepal

AgriYouthNepal is delighted to welcome our new team members. AgriYouthNepal opened membership for 10 highly motivated and interested students based on Rampur, Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), Bachelors Second Batch. The application deadline was 25th March 2015, and 36 applications were received. Applicants were asked to fill up the online application form giving their views on following questions.

  1. How do you see the importance of Information Communication Technology in the field of Agriculture?
  2. What new ideas/innovations can you bring being a member of AYN supporting our theme?
  3. What are your expectations from AgriYouthNepal and what you think we should really focus on for promoting ICT in Agriculture?

Here are the selected members  !

  1.  Nirmala Acharya 
  2. Shreena Pradhan
  3. Shweta Adhikari
  4.  Rakshya Khanal
  5.   Ranjit Khanal
  6.  Dhiraj Bhatta
  7.  Suresh Baudel
  8. Pratap Pandey
  9.  Sandhya Gautam
  10.  Rekha K.C.

AgriYouthNepal extends sincere thanks to all the applicants. Besides being team members, there are lots of ways to be involved as we operate as a youth network. We hope for all of the applicants coordination and support.

Becoming member of AgriYouthNepal represents new challenges as well as opportunities to contribute new ideas/innovation promoting youth & ICT in Agriculture. We’re delighted to have you all on the  team and hope this opportunity gives you a platform to contribute and grow, both personally and professionally and we hope you will be able to take a lead in various activities of AgriYouthNepal.

Congratulations and Welcome on Board !

Picture Credit: Madan Poudel

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentation on Neglected and Underutilized Species

Abstract

Although more than 3,000 plant species have been identified as edible, only 10 cereal grains, legumes and oilseeds dominate 80% of the world’s cropland. Wheat, Rice and Maize by themselves account for two-thirds of the world’s arable lands. This is starkly reflected in the diets we consume, where 90% of our plant-based calories can be traced back to only 30 or so crops. Consequently, about 60% of the world’s population is currently malnourished, either due to lack of enough calories or due to too much of the wrong kind of calories.

In the context of changing climate, over reliance on a handful of crops also puts our food security at great risk. Furthermore, over reliance on a handful of commodity crops also exposes people to the risks of rampant speculation in food prices resulting in food crises and riots seen in 2008. As the poor and vulnerable try to cope with food and economic crises, they further reduce consumption of diverse diet and their investment in education and healthcare services. Poor nutrition in early childhood can have dire repercussions for their future adulthood as well due to significantly compromised cognitive and social development.

Taking this into consideration, it is important to broaden our research on neglected and underutilized species (NUS)1, so called from the perspective of mainstream agricultural research. From 2011, with support from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the European Commission and Bioversity International, LI-BIRD has been implementing a project on NUS. The goal of this project is “to facilitate more effective and sustainable use, management and conservation of local agricultural biodiversity by communities and stakeholders, particularly in the context of food security, nutrition, income generation potential and adaptation to climate change.”

In three years of implementation, the project has developed research findings that are relevant to food security of the nation. On 12 February 2015, we are organizing a one-day workshop to share the findings of research and methodologies from the project for promoting and mainstreaming NUS crops in Nepal. The workshop will also feature a poster presentation session, where we are inviting other researchers and organizations to share their work related to NUS. This is a forum that hope will spark ideas and open up avenues for future collaboration in NUS crops.

Thus, if you have interest experiences related to NUS within the following themes, please send the abstract for your poster no later than 5pm (NST) 23 January 2015. We will cover the participation cost for the posters selected for presentation.

Themes for the abstract:

1. On farm and/or on station research on NUS crops
2. Processing technology on NUS crops
3. Folk History, tradition, indigenous knowledge and culture of NUS
4. Markets, marketing and promotion of NUS
5. Gender perspective on NUS
6. NUS for environmental and climate change resilience
7. Policy perspectives on NUS

Guidelines for the abstract:

It is encouraged to submit all abstract in English but in case of history, traditions and culture abstract in Nepali will also be accepted.
Abstracts are limited to 350 words excluding the titles.
Use limited references (e.g. Neupane 1999), only if necessary.
Complete abstract should have following things
– Title of the Abstract
– Author(s) with their affiliation (e.g, Indra Paudel, Technical Officer, Local
Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, P O Box 324, Pokhara,
Nepal)
– E-mail of the lead author
– Abstract
– Keywords (max 5)

Multiple abstract from the same individual will also be accepted.
Please send your abstracts with short biography of lead author (max 50 words) to [email protected] mentioning Abstract for NUS Sharing Workshop as subject. Received abstracts will be reviewed by the team of experts and authors of selected abstracts will be notified via e-mail by 30 January, 2015.

Post Source: Read the full announcement on Li-Bird Website

ICT tools for Agri-Entrepreneurs : #NYFAED15 session

YPARD Nepal, MCRC and NFYN kicks off National Youth Forum on Agro-based Entrepreneurship Development #NYFAED15 on Lalitpur, Nepal. This blog article is a  summary of panel discussion of participants with panels comprising of Mr. Anish Shrestha  from KrishiGhar and Mr. Rabin Adhikari from Agricare Pvt. Ltd, Yagyapuri, Chitwan.

Krishi_Ghar and Agricare

Mr.Anish Shrestha from KrishiGhar on #NYFAED15

Mr. Anish Shrestha from KrishiGhar

Initially started as a college project by few students of Bsc,CsIT of St.Xaviers college, KrishiGhar is now viewed as potentially capable project helping many farmers and students nationwide.

This group project has been a boon for farmers who are geographically inaccessible however have the passion of cellphones. The innovative “Hath Hath ma Suchana”(Information in hand) provides farmers with agriculture related tips and information through SMSes. It has connected people with the right information in real time basis. The initiative of skype video conferencing with farmers group and expert has been uploaded to educate and impart knowledge about farming and agriculture .

Recently they have launched android application that directly provides information about specific methodologies and brings the people in field nearer to the elite and expert members.  In one month, this app has been downloaded in 800+ devices of android with 13,000+  actively engaging Facebook members.

Though this group project cannot engulf every farming members, however it has been total relief and effective companion for innovative farmers, students and agriculture personnels.

 

Mr. Rabin Adhikari from AgriCare

Kishan_Call_Centre

Mr.Rabin Adhikari from AgriCare- Panel discussion on #NYFAED15

Kishan call centre is an organization that tends to address the queries of farmers in need of a bit of expert advice.

At the beginning the lack of personnel was a constraint to call centre which saw many farmers disappointing due to lack of informations.

Through systematic management of database and rich information the centre has now made it possible for them to tackle the problems of farmers. Now it aims to collaborate with Tamil Nadu and Virginia University to further extend their information horizon and expertly handle any situation.

Kishan  Call Centre Toll Free Number >> 16605652999

Download KrishiGhar Android Application from google playstore.

For further details on KRISHI GHAR mail to [email protected]