One of our key initiatives-our Women's Drip Kit Project- has combined many of these aspects. Here, we educate women farmers on the use of low-input drip irrigation and kitchen gardens to decrease their water use while increasing their agricultural output in order to provide more food to feed their families and sell at markets. Using our "train the trainer" approach we provide women with the means to produce the drip kit themselves to sell to other women farmers. In this way, we empower women to control their own means of production, achieve agricultural sustainability amid climate change, while becoming agricultural entrepreneurs.
To address these emerging problems in Nepal, IGATT focuses on increasing the knowledge of climate change and adaptation strategies among small-scale producers at a grassroots level Our programs have a particular focus on women and marginalized groups to maximize their impact on improving health outcomes for women and children.
In Nepal, we focus on four components: 1) Hydroclimate, 2) Livestock Disease and Nutrition, 3) Women's Empowerment and 4) Water and Soil Conservation.
With IGATT's founder, Dr. Ajay Jha, having been born and raised in the country, IGATT is especially proud to work with many groups and farmers in Nepal. Here, climate change is affecting water resources, soil health, and agricultural productivity as to threaten the livelihoods of Nepal's small farmers. Weather extremes and disasters are increasing water and soil stress, diseases in plants and livestock, and reducing available food for animals and people. Lack of access to education can slow the adoption of appropriate technologies that could improve the adaptability of rural areas to climate change. This makes IGATT's work in Nepal all the more critical.
Figure 2. Women teaching other farmers how to use the drip kit.
Figure 1. Dr. Ajay Jha teaches women how to use the drip kit.
To achieve these goals we've partnered with several institutions and organizations to implement our work in the Gandaki River Basin, Dhading, Syangja, and Kapilvastu district s of Nepal including: