Barren land to terraced rice fields utilize coated sand

Fuyang, a district in Hangzhou, China, covers an area of 1,831 square kilometres, with a population of 660,000. The mountainous landforms are featured with insufficient congenital farmland, and the available land resources are relatively limited.

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Increasing agricultural viability and climate resilience through community seed banks

Farmers in many regions of Nepal and other parts of the Hindu Kush Himalaya have, over time, had to rely on monocultures of hybrid crop varieties.

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Reducing carbon emissions and eating healthy via urban vertical farming

Urban areas – such as Kathmandu – do not have arable land and are dependent on farms elsewhere that use large amounts of water, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers in growing crops.

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Enhancing water use efficiency and applicability of traditional bamboo drip irrigation system

Meghalaya, a state in north-eastern India, has the most agricultural fields across steep hill slopes, which makes groundwater channelling for irrigation impractical.

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Tackling plastic pollution in farms and nurseries with leaf bags

Plastic pollution in farms can be reduced at the source by promoting leaf bags to grow vegetable seedlings. These leaf bags are made from locally available tree leaves and are relatively easy to prepare.

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Going organic for a sustainable future

Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation, and science, benefitting both the community and the environment. There is great potential for organic agriculture in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) countries.

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The story of Allo
From wild plant to high-end brand: The story of Allo’s economic transformation!

Himalayan nettle (Girardinia diversifolia) is a plant that grows abundantly without cultivation in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal as well as India, China, Bhutan. It holds great cultural and economic significance to the mountain communities in the region.

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cardamom production
Reviving and sustaining large cardamom production

Large cardamom (Amomum subulatum) is a high value cash crop and a major source of cash income for farmers in the eastern Himalayan region, including eastern Nepal; Sikkim and parts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in West Bengal, India; and Southern Bhutan.

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pollination services
Managed pollination services for increased crop yields and alternative income

Bees are the most effective pollinators of agriculture and horticulture crops. Animal pollinators, such as bees, are irreplaceable key agents in the reproduction chain for over 80% of the world’s plant species and three-quarters of food crops.

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