Pictures from Nepal, March 2015 All photos: L. McCandless (Cornell University)
New equipment like this handheld heavy-duty rototiller is becoming more common in Nepal. Shared resources in the terraced farming communities of Nepal make farming more efficient.
Sarala Sharma (center) scientist with NARC helps Marya Maharjan (right) and members of this women’s farming cooperative in Nepal adopt new, more disease resistant and higher yielding varieties of wheat.
Erratic rainfall and temperatures, hailstorms and earthquakes are some of the challenges faced by farmers in Nepal like those living on these terraced hills outside Pokara, in the shadows of the Himalayas
Yellow rust in wheat is one of the diseases that flourishes under warmer, wetter conditions of climate change.
(l-r) NARC agricultural scientist Sunita Adhibari talks to Anjana and Shiba Dhikari how to identify yellow rust in their wheat field.
Wheat farmers Nabaraj Sapkota and his wife Muthu Dei experience the impacts of climate change on their farms almost daily.
More than 75% of people in Nepal make their livelihoods from agriculture and forestry, largely on small quarter-acre plots worked by hand and/or oxen.
Sushila Pyakurel works with Nepalese farmers in climate field schools that help them adapt new agricultural practices to buffer climate change.
Dhruba Thapa (R), senior scientist with the Nepal Agricultural Reearch Council (NARC), surveys farmer Krishna Bahadur Ghimire’s (L) field of WK1204 wheat.
(l-r) Manju Khavas, Radha Basnet and Janaki Silwal — three farmers near Godhavari — use new agronomic practices like planting in rows, incorporating manure, the use of handheld tractors and improved wheat varieties introduced to them by scientists from NARC.
Dave Hodson, senior scientist with CIMMYT, teaches South Asian scientists how to better manage wheat diseases by using handheld devices that track rust epidemics when they start in farmers’ fields.