I see great potential in the project and understand that it is at its inception stage and how the project is trying to develop a more sustainability based agriculture which is also economically beneficial to the farmers. But, I was also curious that if after this phase may Herb Nepal can upscale to also include training for the main crops like Daal Bhaat, increase productivity while reducing wastage and go on a much larger scale as Daal Bhaat is the staple food of the country. Offcourse, as the name suggests Herb Nepal so the focus should always be on the cash crops/ herbs especially but if the the project could also include to train farmers in different disciplines as well to include the main crops that may overcome the challenges of climate change, low productivity, excessive use of pesticide/fertilizers and minimize excessive wastage through effective management while building the community as the project already is delivering towards.
Also I would like to include, that the Vedic literature Ayurveda suggests that Herbs grow most healthy and is of highest efficiency which are grown in the Himalayan region in that environment. Ayurveda also refers to Himalaya as the treasure house/jewel box of most efficient herbs in the world. I think Herb Nepal should include this during marketing of the products. I can send the literature to you in time.
Very innovative way to touch the lives of the less privileged. I was going through many reports on commercialization of agriculture and farming in India and Nepal and found out that 80% of the farmer populations in these countries have very small portions of land so just commercialization of agriculture would start a competition among the farmers which deteorates there community relations. This is one reason there has been so many farmers suicide cases in India because the government wants to commercialize farming without supporting community building. In past long before the green revolution the yield was lot lesser yet the farmers were happier and content. The reason was that the community was very strong. All the women and men of the community would come together singing ploughing songs to go and plough land of one farmer one day, the another farmer another day and this is how life was. For, me the it was very important to see that Herbs Nepal is looking from both the sides; on increasing community engagement and on the other hand giving them proper solution with their small farming areas for organic regenarative farming to reduce wastes and that they get more in terms of money from the cash crops/ herbs than regular agriculture. The plan promises innovation to me and can be replicated to other countries as well. But, I would also like to know from Herb Nepal if they also have plans to take initiatives towards the main crops in Nepal like Rice, Dal. Would be very happy to help in connecting your team to potential Markets. All the best.