My Republica

Sepideh Keyvanshad

The author is USAID/Nepal Mission Director

Keeping Communities in the Lead

Published On: August 18, 2022 06:00 AM NPT By: Sepideh Keyvanshad

A few months ago, I visited Mugu and Jumla in the Karnali province. During my final site visit, I met with men and women farmers in a remote community with whom we had been partnering.  Simple changes had significantly increased their farm production and their income. Sitting in a circle, they told me what they had learned. I asked if they had any advice for me, struggling with my own small vegetable garden. An older woman gave me impressively thorough advice starting with the importance of owning my own land, to how far apart I need to plant the seeds, and the benefits of various types of fertilizer.