Women’s Off-season Vegetable Production Group
Addressing food shortage in Nepal through off-season vegetable farming
The Women’s Off-season Vegetable Production Group is a cooperative of women farmers who produce organic vegetables throughout the year. These are sold at farmers markets and to local businesses. Compost is produced to improve soil quality, reduce bio-waste and increase the product portfolio.
Traditionally in Humla District, vegetables are only produced during three months of the year. The enterprise saw the demand, and the need, for vegetable production during the agricultural off-season - especially because the local tourism industry is growing.
Women’s Off Season Vegetable Group is a collective of women farmers and workers from Thehe Village Development Committee in Nepal’s Humla District. As well as producing and selling the vegetables, members are involved in management and business development.
Foundation Nepal provides support to the enterprise through training and capacity building exercises, in particular on the technical aspects of off-season vegetable production and on business plan development and business management.
Common Forum for Development (CFD) is the local partner non-profit organisation of Foundation Nepal. It is involved with training and capacity-building, conducts on-going monitoring of the enterprise’s progress and supports the women in conducting selfreflection.
The 2014 SEED Gender Equality Awards are supported by UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
The 2014 SEED Gender Equality Awards are supported by UNIDO, which promotes and accelerates inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
The 2014 SEED Gender Equality Awards are supported by the international law firm, Hogan Lovells.