VIN seek enthusiastic volunteers or interns to work side by side with Nepali farmers. Our Agro-Farm Program aims to teach farmers in marginalized, rural communities new farming techniques while preserving the cultural heritage embodied in farming practices passed down by their ancestors.
Agriculture provides subsistence and employment for 75 percent of the population of Nepal, accounting for approximately 39 percent to the total GDP. The development of the sector is crucial for the empowerment of those who rely upon it and for the national economy. Nepali agro-farm is performed on a subsistence basis; livestock, crops and other enterprises exist side by side. However, as well as threats from soil erosion and water pollution, a more commercial approach is needed to maximise farm yield.
VIN’s overriding objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities, with our focus on those most marginalised; women and children. We have been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and we have now begun work in Okhaldhunga district, in the Everest region. Developing sustainable agriculture is one of the most effective ways to transform communities, which informs one of our major pieces of work with the women of the community; our Income Generation Program
VIN seeks volunteers or interns keen to learn about the Agro-Farming techniques of different indigenous people of Nepal, such as Balami, Tamang and Newar. Work on their agro-farms and learn from their techniques, while encouraging them to incorporate the new ones advocated by our Income Generation Program.
You will live with a Nepali host family. Your role will be to assist in the field, exchanging knowledge of agriculture with the local people. You will soon become immersed in the culture and language; agriculture being one of the largest sources of income, it has a strong influence on the identity of the people within the community.Read moreApply now