Community Outreach – Off-site Demonstration and Training and Provision of Materials

From the very beginning, ICIMOD has focused on developing a variety of approaches for sharing the knowledge and experience gained at the demonstration site with those who can benefit from it best – farmers at the grass roots level. One method has been the holding of formal training courses and hosting of visitors, activities that are described in more detail in the sheet on Training and Visitors. Another has been the distribution of plant and animal material. The third is that of direct contact with communities off-site.

There has always been close contact with people in the neighbouring villages – many of whom work at the site – and with members of the user groups of the adjoining forests, but until now these exchanges were mostly informal. Now ICIMOD is embarking on an ambitious programme of community outreach, working with NGO partners and others and through other ICIMOD projects to increase the impact of activities and to scale up the use of technologies tested and demonstrated at the Knowledge Park at Godavari.. These activities are not confined to the local villages, some are with communities as far afield as Namche Bazaar in the Everest region and Meghalaya in India. In some cases scaling up takes place following training of participants at courses held at the Knowledge Park.