About the Nepal Country Platform

Prolinnova-Nepal aims at developing and institutionalising partnership and methodologies that promote processes of local innovation in environmentally sound use of natural resources. It is an initiative undertaken in partnership between several Nepal-based organisations.

Once in the Prolinnova family... always in the Prolinnova family...

Dharma Dangol has been an active member of Prolinnova-Nepal from its inception. He was also the Country Platform (CP) coordinator in the period during which the CP secretariat was hosted by the Natural History Museum of the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. Dharma retired in April this year but is committed to continuing the work of Prolinnova, especially in regards to integration of the approach into education at all levels. Dharma resides in the Kirtipur Municipality of Kathmandu and has started liaising with schools in the area, building on interactions he has had with some of them in the recent past.

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Update on Prolinnova-Nepal 2018-19

In this May 2019 update on Prolinnova-Nepal, the new secretariat of the Country Platform (CP) - SAHAS (Group of Helping Hands) - reports on what has been happening since the handover from outgoing CP coordinator Dharma Dangol (now retiring) from Tribhuvan University to Surendra Shrestha, Executive Director of SAHAS Nepal.

One of the final activities organised by Dharma Dangol before the handover was a celebration of the International Farmer Innovation Day in November 2018, when the Natural History Museum of the University and the Center for Nepal Environment and Education Development (CNEED) jointly organised a seminar in Kathmandu on linking local innovation into museum education.

Tribhuvan University staff learn about local innovation & farmer-led joint research

Staff members of the Institute of Science and Technology (IoST) at Tribhuvan University and affiliated campuses joined a training programme on local innovation and farmer-led joint research, thanks to funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic. See report here: PDF file: 351 KB

Peri-urban farmer innovator shows his innovations to trainees (Photo: Chesha Wettasinha).

Prolinnova-Nepal at APAARI consultation on agri-food innovation

An expert consultation on agri-food innovation in Asia and the Pacific was held on 1-3 November 2016 in Taiwan, jointly organised by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI) with other international organisations. The meeting emphasised the need to involve farming communities in innovation processes with scientists. Suman Manandhar was invited to present lessons from Prolinnova-Nepal's experiences in facilitating multistakeholder partnerships to support farmer innovation in agriculture and food. A short report on the event can be found here:

Nepali innovator awarded international prize for women’s creativity

The International Day of Rural Women was celebrated in Nepal on 15 October 2016 with a ceremony to award a Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life to Mrs Tulsi Gyawali for her innovation in waste management.

Two events organised by Prolinnova–Nepal in August 2016

The Prolinnova–Nepal Country Platform with the assistance of researchers and staff of the Natural History Museum (NHM), Tribhuvan University, organised a workshop on Grant Writing Development for Youth on 3–4 August 2016 and a seminar on Weed Science: Status and Future Directions on 5 August 2016.

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