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Youth in agroecology: A new generation leverages climate-resilience in agriculture




Karnali Province, Nepal

Date & Time

09 October 2023 to 12 October 2023



About the workshop

We are organising a four-day learning workshop to bring together youths and young professionals from the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region and empower them to tackle agricultural challenges posed by climate change. The workshop combines classroom sessions, immersive field visits, and direct interactions with local farmers to impart participants with the essential knowledge, skills, and motivation needed to implement sustainable and climate-resilient farming practices.


  • Provide participants with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of agroecological principles and practices
  • Enhance participants’ awareness of climate change impacts on agriculture and the urgent need for sustainable, resilient farming methods
  • Foster interaction and knowledge exchange between participants, local farmers, and community members to promote dialogue and collaborative learning
  • Inspire participants to become leaders for sustainable agriculture and climate resilience in their future careers and endeavours


Targeted audience

This workshop targets young professionals and students from the HKH region who have an academic and professional background in agriculture, environmental science, social science, or a related field.



The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Early to mid-career professionals passionate about contributing to advancements in agriculture, environmental science, social science, or a related field
  • Master’s students and PhD scholars conducting research in agriculture, environmental science, social science, or a closely related domain
  • A good working knowledge of English is required
  • Participants up to the age of 35 can apply.


Learning approach

Our workshop adopts an immersive learning approach that is divided into two comprehensive modules. In Module 1, participants will delve into the technical aspects of agroecological approaches, comprehending their significance in strengthening climate resilience in agricultural ecosystems. Module 2 offers a hands-on experience by directly engaging with farmers and local communities of Surkhet and Dailekh districts. This direct interaction will provide a unique opportunity to gather insights from real-world field implementations of agroecological practices. This workshop will also include sessions on leadership and collaboration. Furthermore, community-level discussions will be facilitated, focusing on pivotal topics such as agroecology and permaculture principles, as well as climate-resilient agricultural practices and technologies. In addition, participants will create an action plan that outlines how they intend to integrate the insights gained from this experience into their upcoming endeavours.


Venue and field sites

The event will take place in Surkhet and Dailekh districts, Karnali Province, Nepal.



ICIMOD will extend financial support to participants, covering expenses related to travel, accommodation, and incidental costs during their involvement in the workshop, in accordance with ICIMOD’s established rules and regulations.

Reimbursement of these expenses will be processed upon receipt of all original invoices.

Participants are required to manage their own travel and health insurance. Please note that any cancellation charges for tickets and hotel reservations, arising from withdrawals after 28 September 2023, will be the responsibility of the participants.


Application requirements
  • A cover letter explaining the motivation to apply to this workshop
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 4 pages)
  • Contact details of two referees

The application has been closed.

We will be notifying the shortlisted candidates only.

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Important dates
Programme dates: 09–13 October 2023
Notification of selection: 22 September 2023



In the HKH region, the use of chemical inputs, such as pesticides and insecticides, has increased over time to boost production and meet the demands of the growing population. Nepal is no exception to this trend; the amplified use of chemicals and the emphasis on a limited range of crops have elevated food production and played a vital role in addressing hunger challenges. However, these practices have also put a toll on the environment and ecosystems. Ensuring sufficient nutrition for most of the population remains a persistent challenge.

The heightened focus on a few specific crops has led to monocropping, resulting in the loss of agrobiodiversity, standardisation of agriculture, and degradation of the agroecosystem. Concurrently, the impacts of climate change, characterised by shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns, heightened hazard occurrences, and the deterioration of natural soil and water resources, have compounded the risks to the sustainability of agricultural ecosystems. It is evident that we need to reconsider prevailing agricultural practices, emphasising the significance of natural farming and agroecological approaches. These approaches are essential for comprehensively addressing issues such as agrobiodiversity loss, climate change effects, ecosystem degradation, while also ensuring sustainable income and nutrition provision.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have been actively championing such approaches in Nepal and the wider HKH region, advocating for the sustainability and resilience of agricultural ecosystems. A notable instance of this collaboration is the Green Resilient Agricultural Productive Ecosystems Project (GRAPE). Under the umbrella of the GRAPE project, ICIMOD spearheads the execution of GRAPE Field of Action-2 (FA- 2) in Nepal’s Karnali and Sudurpashchim provinces. This initiative focuses on participatory action research and the showcasing of climate-resilient agricultural solutions to mitigate climate-related and socio-economic risks and vulnerabilities. The project places emphasis on gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) to foster green and productive agroecological systems, thereby supporting mountain livelihoods and contributing to the local economy. The core objective of GRAPE FA 2 is to enhance agroecosystem resilience through action research and knowledge generation, facilitating climate-resilient food production, and enhancing digital accessibility for farmers in selected demonstration sites. The knowledge and innovative solutions formulated through this initiative will subsequently be upscaled through experience-sharing and engagement with provincial and national policymakers and relevant agencies.