Over the years a large amount of information has been accumulated related to the activities at the Godavari site. It includes background information about technologies, species, and general approaches for integrated mountain development; results of trials and recommendations of appropriate species and technologies; training materials; and many others. ICIMOD makes these available to a broader audience in a number of ways, formal and informal.

Detailed information sheets are prepared on farming technologies, renewable energy methodologies, trees and plants for particular purposes (fodder, fruit etc.), and specific species. These are reproduced and provided as handouts to interested visitors and trainees. Course material on particular topics is also prepared and provided to trainees. This informal material is often distributed far beyond the borders of the Centre, with visitors and trainees reproducing the sheets for others back in their home countries and villages. Some of this material is also reproduced on ICIMOD’s web site at

Scientific results are published in articles in journals, project reports, and books and other documents prepared by the ICIMOD programmes that have main responsibility for the activity.

General information about the site, ongoing activities, training courses and visitors is also published in ICIMOD’s newsletter, annual reports, and programme reports, all of which are also available online.

A book series – ‘Focus on Godavari’ – has been developed to provide a platform for formal publication and wider dissemination of information related to the Godavari centre activities. The books will cover topics that provide general background information as well as the specific results and recommendations from trials.


The ICIMOD Knowledge Centre at Godavari, on the southern slopes of the Kathmandu Valley, was set up in March 1993, following the generous provision of 35 hectares of land by His Majesty's Government of Nepal in November 1992. The site is used to test, select, and demonstrate different technologies and (farming and agroforestry) practices useful for sustainable development and natural resource management; to train farmers and those who work with them; and as a repository for plant germplasm resources.

Present-day activities focus on vegetation management; soil management; water management; income-generation through high value cash crops, horticulture, and beekeeping; livestock; biodiversity; renewable energy technologies; community outreach/off-site demonstration, training, and provision of materials; scientific research; and training and dissemination.

The major partners for on-site demonstration are the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG-Nepal), Asian Rural Life Development Foundation (ARLDF), Centre for Rural Technology (CRT-Nepal), and Centre for Energy and Environment (CEE-Nepal), and in off-site activities Educate the Children (ETC-Nepal), the local community forest user groups and women's groups, the Department of Forest, the Regional Forest Training Centre, and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) Fisheries Research Centre. Many other partners from ICIMOD's regional member countries support the activities and have provided plant and other material.