Integrating agrobiodiversity for livelihood options in Bhimphedi municipality, Nepal
This agrobiodiversity case study (No.4) from Nepal is the fourth of six case studies prepared by forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) for the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF). It describes the actions of the Chabeli Farmers Group within the National Farmers Group Federation (NFGF) of Nepal located in in Bhimphedi rural municipality 5 of Makawanpur District in the Middle Hills of Nepal.
Farmers within the Chabeli Farmers Group currently grow 56 species of cereals, vegetables, fruit, forage and fodder, with as many as 99 different varieties across those main species. Livestock reared includes chickens, cows, buffalo, and goats as well as other species. This rich agrobiodiversity is a function of both traditional subsistence uses and the introduction of commercial plant varieties. Traditional knowledge has been augmented, through the Chabeli Farmers Group with modern knowledge on commercial farm varieties.
The Chabeli Farmers Group helps to manage seeds from diverse crops and trees through group nurseries and has also consolidated the basket of products that its members produce to collectively approach the market. To certify their products as safe and organic, the group has collaborated with the local government to initiate a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) to improve the marketing of organic produce.