Training

The courses and other training events are focused mainly on providing training or subject-based study tours to groups of lead farmers, NGO staff, Government Officers, and others who can have a multiplier effect in disseminating technologies, although some courses are designed specifically for groups of ‘ordinary’ farmers, too. So far more than 186 training events have taken place since 1994 and more than 420 participants were benefited from the training on subjects ranging from sloping agricultural land technology (SALT) to income generation, use of GIS in the preparation of forest inventories. Nearly 9,936 farmers from ICIMOD regional member countries, more than 10,536 field staff from governments and non-governmental organizations; 21,846 students from Nepal, Germany, Japan, Canada, USA, Switzerland, France, Netherland and other countries participated in training events or study tour in the 19 years after the site was opened. Altogether 42,136 people have visited in the ICIMOD Knowledge Park (1994-2012). 

The impact of these events extends far beyond the border of the Knowledge Park. In a recent example, a participant in the hands-on ‘Training in Rural Water Harvesting, Income generation, Compost Making and Energy Technologies for Community Leaders and Government and Non-governmental Staff started a small bio-briquette production business Namche Bazar in the Everest region and Mustang District in Nepal. The bio-briquette technology is widespread in Badakshan and Bamyan Provinces of Afghanistan, the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. The briquettes have been welcomed by local hotel and the maternity hospitals as a potential means of room heating and cooking. Similarly, water harvesting pond demonstrated in Godavari is replicated in Palpa, Solukhumbu, Kaski, Kavre, Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts of Nepal. The kiwi fruit demonstrated and promoted by the Knowledge Park has been replicated by farmers in Ilam, Panchthar, Kavre, Dolakha and Solukhumbu districts in Nepal. In Ilam, kiwi is intercropped with tea and other medicinal or herbal plants. The Environment Protection and Alternative Power Development Pvt. Ltd. (EPAPD), a partner of ICIMOD, is involved in promoting kiwi and now there 1,400 kiwi farmers in Ilam District alone and many farmers have already started to earn income from kiwi farming.