Nepal Farm Mechanization Initiative
Studies have shown that the three key focus areas for increased food production in developing worlds are efficient irrigation, farm mechanization (e.g. tractor) and improved crop technologies (e.g. new crop varieties, green houses etc.). With close to 80% of all Nepalese being subsistence farmers, a more robust harvest means a more prosperous farmer and community leading to more opportunities including improved education, nutrition, and health – a chance at a better future.
The Nepal Irrigation Initiative - in operation since 2011 - started by building durable water canals providing irrigation to close to 800 households and helping close to 5,000 village residents which dramatically increased crop yields. With the improved irrigation system and greater crop yields, the village determined it is at a stage where farm mechanization would be extremely beneficial to the overall goal of increasing food production. The first step in the Farm Mechanization Initiative would be the purchase of a community tractor to replace current inefficient farming practices of field preparation and to transport crops and required input materials (e.g. seed, fertilizer, soil, etc.).