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Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

by Kushal Naharki | 02-08-2021 15:04 recommendations 0

Indigenous knowledge are those skills and practices which are developed over a period of time through accumulation of experience and understanding by the native communities and are inherited from generation to generation. Nepal is considered to be one of the richest countries in terms of indigenous knowledge due to its geographical diversity and many ethnic communities with communities endowed with rich indigenous knowledge for agricultural practices. Indigenous knowledge is sustainable as it has evolved after many years of observation and experience. My focus will be on documenting the indigenous knowledge used in agriculture. Indigenous practices are farmer friendly, socially accepted, economically viable, environmentally sound and suited to the specific local and environment conditions. Documentations will help in developing the contents of indigenous technological knowledge which will be disseminated to the entire community for its future implication.

Nepal’s indigenous communities and people possess age-old knowledge and practices that can be crucial in fighting climate change, moving towards green recovery and ensuring sustainability. Sadly, We’re losing this knowledge at a fast pace. To prevent this from happening and to identify and document this valuable knowledge, Himalayan Climate Initiative and Avni Center for Sustainability have launched Indigenous knowledge fellowship for Nepali youth who are passionate about sustainability  and climate change, and interested in documenting and making indigenous knowledge mainstream.

I feel glad to share that I have been selected for the fellowship. The selected fellow will Identify a community and an indigenous practice they want to After selection, they will start working to document the idea and complete the documentation in one month by travelling to the place where the  knowledge is found. I have decided to document the Magar Community residing in the Vyas municipality of Tanahun District. This community has been endowed with rich indigenous knowledge for agricultural practices. In this community, I have found the traditional agricultural tools, indegenuous technical knowledge in pest management and indigenous food variety  that are slowly being lost due to lack of documentation and are used in practice by few peoples only and requires documentation.

Reference: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344354776_Documentation_of_Indigenous_Technical_Knowledge_and_Their_Application_in_Pest_Management_in_Western_Mid_Hill_of_Nepal
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  • Nepal E-gen Ambassador Kushal Naharki


Yuseon Mentor

  • Yuseon Mentor says :
    Hi Kushal,

    This is your mentor Yuseon:D

    Congrats on being selected as a member for the fellowship program!
    You seem to have been interested in this area of Indigenous knowledge
    even before this program, so you must be delighted to join it.
    Hope it would be a good learning opportunity for you, and you might
    be able to share some interesting insight with us, too!

    Keep up the good work!

    Thanks for sharing:)
    Posted 15-08-2021 21:53

Paras Kunwar

  • Paras Kunwar says :
    Congratulations Kushal Dai
    Posted 09-08-2021 15:32

Debbie Mentor

  • Debbie Mentor says :
    Dear Kushal,

    This is your mentor Debbie. :)
    First of all, congratulations for being selected as one of the fellows in the journey. I'm happy for you! :D I think this is a great project because you get to really explore one indigenous knowledge from the very start of the knowledge till the end. You would really get to learn a lot from it. Best of luck and let us know how it goes! :)

    Green Cheers,
    Posted 09-08-2021 00:48


Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Congratulations Kushal. Keep shining.
    Posted 05-08-2021 01:49

Vishrut Mehrotra

Lhamu dolma Sherpa

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Kushal dai
    I hope you are doing well
    Wow, congratulations dai
    Thank you so much for the report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 04-08-2021 04:24

Vivian Nabisere

  • Vivian Nabisere says :
    Congratulations. Great work.
    Posted 04-08-2021 00:57

Maryanne Farida  Mutwa

Shobha Pokhrel


Kushal Naharki

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Congratulations Kushal dai for being selected for this fellowship,

    Keep up your good works!!

    Posted 02-08-2021 15:06

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