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Introducing Nepali cuisine to world

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Two Tables

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Profitable organization

Website of Legally Registered Entity

http://www.twotables.com.au/ https://www.kumarchalise.com/

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 10+ years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

kathmandu, Nepal

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Nepal

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Kathmandu (/ˌkætmænˈduː/;[2] Nepali: काठमाडौं, Nepal Bhasa: य़े: Yei, Nepali pronunciation: [kaʈʰmaɳɖu]) is the capital and largest city of

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nepal

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

My birth place

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Kathmandu (/ˌkætmænˈduː/;[2] Nepali: काठमाडौं, Nepal Bhasa: य़े: Yei, Nepali pronunciation: [kaʈʰmaɳɖu]) is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population of around 2.5 million. Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in terms of area in the country. Kathmandu Valley is growing at 4 percent per year according to World Bank in 2010, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in South Asia, and the first region in Nepal to face the unprecedented challenges of rapid urbanization and modernization at a metropolitan scale.[3] Also Kathmandu is also 6th most friendliest city in Asia beating likes of Hongkong, Seoul, Dubai, Mumbai and many more.[4] Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples, with one of the oldest Pagodas known as Pashupatinath Temple, stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley in central Nepal. The valley is historically termed as "Nepal Mandala" and has been the home of Newar people, a cosmopolitan urban civilization in the Himalayas foothills. The city was the royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and hosts palaces, mansions and gardens of the Nepalese aristocracy. It has been home to the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) since 1985. Today, it is the seat of government of the Nepalese republic established in 2008 and is part of Province No. 3. Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal's history, art, culture, and economy. It has a multi-ethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. It is also the home of the Newars. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part of the economy. In 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor, and ranked first in Asia. The city is the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas and home to several world heritage sites: Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

30

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathmandu#Cuisine The interim constitution of Nepal has mentioned “food sovereignty as fundamental right in its constituents 18.3". However, Nepal is experiencing decline in food security situation due to collision of domestic, national and international crises viz. poor agricultural growth, declined national agricultural priority, global climate change, global food crisis, and political instability. There is domination of small and marginal holders in Nepalese agriculture. Although the share of agriculture in country’s GDP is decreasing, it is still 33%, and the highest among the South Asian countries. Cereals are the most important staple food crops in Nepal and rice number one from area and production followed by maize, wheat, millets and barley. The grain-legumes and potatoes are considered the protective food crops for the maintenance of balance human nutrition in Nepal. Out of 88 countries, Nepal ranked 57th in Global Hunger Index (GHI) with GHI value of 19.8 depicting alarming situation of hunger in different regions of the country. Since the III Five year plan (1975-80), the government of Nepal has given high priority in agriculture, focusing major approaches on promotion of integrated farming systems to address food and nutrition security. However, the food security situation is deteriorating. Adaptive measures on climate change, food distribution policy, crop and livestock insurance, subsidies on fertilizers and seeds, research and development activities on food-grain crops and bio-diversity conservation, inter agency coordination, food and seed buffer stock, and institutional capacity building would the viable options to maintain the food security in Nepal. From the rigorous study of various past research works, it can be concluded that the wider gap of several food grain crops can be reduced by system research, crop modelling, and up-scaling the use of agricultural machineries and tools. Key words : agronomic crops, agronomic research direction, food security

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Food security prevails when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life (FAO, 2003). Basically, food availability, food access and food use are considered the three pillars of food security. The consideration is that all physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences should be achieved by all human beings. The ever growing population of the world, their changes in food habits like increased demand for animal protein (grain conversion to meat), increased fuel prices (costly inputs/ transport), climate change and increased drought situations, need of grains for bio-fuel production and under investment in agriculture sector at the national and international levels are the main reasons of global food insecurity. In this context, food security situation of least developed countries like Nepal is not much different from the majority of countries in the world. The interim constitution of Nepal has mentioned "food sovereignty" as fundamental right in its constituents 18.3. This statement tries to protect people from the negative consequences of increasing food insecurity, unequal food distribution and no access to food.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Globalizing Nepali Cuisine Chef is like a celebrity. It involves a lot of hard work. It is also a very good form of economy. It’s all about how to implement your talent in the same. Let’s promote our native and hidden ingredients and reinvent them, so that we understand where we can take our Nepali food. Research require from all chefs level. Our Nepali food stories are unheard, untold, and unexplored. So, we have many varieties of food, it’s still not researched to the optimum level. If we look in near country culinary scene, it’s not just about tandoori chicken, which was developed by the English. Rather, there are so many ethnic cuisines that are being developed by young energetic chefs at different levels. We have cuisine from Sherpa, Rai, Tamang, Newar, Rana, Chepang, Thakali, Tharu, or language wise 122 more communities that can actually break boundaries, but we are not being able to showcase the same. We make more than 500 items out of buffalo meat, still they are not explored. We have pork among the Rai community, which we develop in many interesting ways. lets talk about nepalese cuisine and innovation.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Globalizing Nepali Cuisine Chef is like a celebrity. It involves a lot of hard work. It is also a very good form of economy. It’s all about how to implement your talent in the same. Let’s promote our native and hidden ingredients and reinvent them, so that we understand where we can take our Nepali food. Research require from all chefs level. Our Nepali food stories are unheard, untold, and unexplored. So, we have many varieties of food, it’s still not researched to the optimum level. If we look in near country culinary scene, it’s not just about tandoori chicken, which was developed by the English. Rather, there are so many ethnic cuisines that are being developed by young energetic chefs at different levels. We have cuisine from Sherpa, Rai, Tamang, Newar, Rana, Chepang, Thakali, Tharu, or language wise 122 more communities that can actually break boundaries, but we are not being able to showcase the same. We make more than 500 items out of buffalo meat, still they are not explored. We have pork among the Rai community, which we develop in many interesting ways. lets talk about nepalese cuisine and innovation.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website

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