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Episode II: The Bhutan chapter


MS Teams

Date & Time

07 May 2021


Suman Bisht, Pratigya Silwal, Subha Khanal, Barsha Rani Gurung, Mayling Flores Rojas & Flavia Grassi

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Organizers: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Webinar 2: The Bhutan chapter

The second webinar of this Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) webinar series focuses on Bhutan. The participants will hear from government officials, international and local development organizations, practitioners, local research organizations, and women farmers/farmers groups about the ongoing efforts, key issues, opportunities, and constraints in facilitating women’s access to agricultural mechanization in the country.

Bhutan country context
Women in the agriculture sector
Migration and remittances

7 May 2021| 14:30-16:45 (Bhutan Standard Time, UTC+06:00) Moderator: Suman Bisht, ICIMOD

Time (BTT) Programme Speakers
14:30–14:40 Welcome and background Suman Bisht, Senior Gender Specialist, ICIMOD
14:40–14:50 Welcome remarks Takayuki Hagiwara, Regional Programme Leader, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
14:50–15:00 Opening Dasho Rinzin Dorji, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Bhutan
15:00–15:10 Presentation 1: Key government policies and strategies to promote mechanization among women farmers Pema Wangmo, Agriculture Machinery Center (AMC)
15:10–15:20 Presentation 2: Making agriculture machinery accessible to women:  The FMCL Experience Choki Wangmo, Monitoring and Evaluation, Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL)
15:20–15:35 Q&A session Suman Bisht
Presentation 3: Gender and climate change assessment findings in focus on agriculture sector
Ugyen Tshomo, Officiating Director, National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC)
Presentation 4: Experiences of women farmers with farm mechanization
Roseleen Gurung, Director of Programmes, Tarayana Foundation, Bhutan
15:55–16:10 Q & A Suman Bisht
16:10–16:35 Call for action Suman Bisht
16:35–16:45 Closing remarks Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD




pema gyamtsho
Pema Gyamtsho

Pema Gyamtsho is the Director General of ICIMOD. He has been a minister, opposition leader, and member of the Parliament of Bhutan. In these roles, he has contributed to the nation’s ambitious climate goals. Gyamtsho also developed Bhutan’s plan to become the world’s first fully organic nation as the Minister of Agriculture and Forests in 2012. His experience spans public financing for environmental sustainability; enactment of legislation – focusing on environmental stewardship, conservation, and climate change mitigation; and strategic programmatic visioning, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Suman Bisht
Suman Bisht

Suman Bisht is a Senior Gender Specialist at ICIMOD. Her work focuses on the role of women and gender in adaptation to climate change. She has more than 12 years of experience in mainstreaming gender in development work across different sectors. Bisht has a doctorate from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India. She has worked with grassroots organizations, women’s groups, trade unions, and national and international organizations in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Rwanda.

Takayuki Hagiwara
Takayuki Hagiwara

Takayuki Hagiwara is the Regional Programme Lead at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. He has been working as a natural resource management specialist for more than 25 years. Hagiwara has published a farmer field school implementation guide based on his practical experiences in the field. He was also the Lead Technical Officer for the Sustainable Livelihood Development Project in Kenya’s Mau Forest Complex, which received FAO’s Edouard Saouma Award.

Dasho Rinzin Dorji
Dasho Rinzin Dorji

Dasho Rinzin Dorji is the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of the Royal Government of Bhutan. He is also ICIMOD’s regional board member from Bhutan. Dorji previously served as the Director General for the Construction Development Board, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Bhutan and as a Trainee Officer and Administrative Officer at the Department of Geology and Mines. He was also the Regional Director for Trade and Industry Office in Gelephu and Deputy Secretary for Ministry of Economic Affairs. Dorji was also one of the directors of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan from 2007 to 2014.

Pema Wangmo
Pema Wangmo

Pema Wangmo is an Agriculture Engineer at the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC), Bhutan. Since joining AMC in 2018, she has served as a Research Engineer and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer until she was transferred as the Quality and Certification Officer under the Agriculture Machinery Certification Program of AMC. As a Research Engineer, she carried out research and development activities of the farm mechanization technology in Bhutan. She has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture engineering from Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, India.

Choki Wangmo
Choki Wangmo

Choki Wangmo is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Farm Machinery Corporation Ltd (FMCL). She has been executing the company’s performance analysis and evaluations since 2017. Her role in the company has been pivotal as her analysis recommendation guides the overall working modality of the company and determines the company’s sustainability. She assists and advises the company’s long-run plans and investments. Wangmo has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Finance from Gedu College of Business Studies, Bhutan.

Ugyen Tshomo
Ugyen Tshomo

Ugyen Tshomo is the Chief Programme Officer at the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), Bhutan. Tshomo is an educationist by profession. Her core responsibilities lie with the promotion and protection of women and children in need to care and support through formulation of laws and legislation.

Roseleen Gurung
Roseleen Gurung

Roseleen Gurung is the Director of Programmes at Tarayana Foundation. Since joining the foundation in 2007, she has worked with disadvantaged and remote rural communities in grassroots development with a focus on livelihood, poverty alleviation, climate change and green technologies, and women empowerment. Roseleen considers herself fortunate to be of service to the meaningful and dignified growth of the vulnerable sections of the population.