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Title: Using diversity research awards program : a study on economic analysis of organic taro cultivation and its processing at Majhthar Village of Lekhnath Municipality, Kaski, Nepal; final technical report (July 2004 to April 2006)
Authors: USC Nepal
Majhthar Community Development Women Group (MCDGW)
Date: 2006
Publisher: USC Nepal, Kathmandu, NP
Abstract: Majhthar Community Development Women Group (MCWDG) is a community-based organization established in 1991 by women members of Majthar village of Kaski district with the objectives to conduct community development and women empowerment activities at community level. MCDWG has been involving in in-situ conservation project jointly implemented by Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), and International Plant Genetic Research Institute (IPGRI). They are running sustainable agriculture activities and savings and credit mobilization to empower women economically. MCWDG was selected for Using Diversity Research Award (UDA) program after completing detailed institutional analysis. Nepalese farmers cultivate taro since very beginning as an important species of home garden. Taro is consumed as vegetable and snacks in rural areas. A number of traditional food items are prepared from its leaf, stem and bulb and consumed during lack period of fresh vegetable. Study revealed that the farmers of Begnas area of Kaski district conserving a number of taro landraces to fulfill different household needs. However, since few years back, diversity of taro landraces are threatening of loss due to modern practices, development interventions and less interest of new generation farmers towards the traditional crops and their value. The farmers have not at analyzed its actual cost of production and its direct and indirect benefits critically. Therefore, A project concept on “A Study on Economic Analysis of Organic Taro Cultivation & its processing” was formulated during outcome-mapping workshop. The overall objective of the study was to identify the economic value of the organic taro and disseminate the findings. The study was focused on the study of economic analysis of taro cultivation to teach farmers to conserve its diversity and knowledge utilize regularly. MCDWG conducted various activities to fulfill the study objectives and identified and analyzed the actual cost of production of organic taro cultivation and benefits. Begnas farmers and MCDWG members experienced very high net benefit (Rs 13293.8/ha) from organic taro cultivation as compared to other crops of similar domain and season viz. finger millet and maize. This result has encouraged the farmers of the area to cultivate taro in larger area as compared to before. Various other activities conducted by MCDWG for this project have contributed to increase income of women members and empowered in program implementation and management capacity. Due to the effect of this project, neighboring farmers are also impressed and increasing the area of taro cultivation. This result has contributed to the conservation of local landraces of taro through its use and marketing the products.
Project Number: 101681
Project Title: Promoting Peace and Food Security by Strengthening Biodiversity-based Livelihoods (South Asia)
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