The selected cooperatives are: Nyureni Fresh Vegetable and Dairy Production Cooperative (Shaktikhaur), Saemaul Agricultural Development Cooperative (Piple), Sangalo Agricultural Development Cooperative (Korak), and Milijuli Beekeeping Cooperative (Padampur), each with 100 members on average.
These cooperatives will promote agroforestry among their members and ultimately contribute to the promotion of agroforestry and the adoption of related activities in their respective areas.
The second workshop emphasized on the preparation of individual agroforestry business plans for each cooperative.
The three-day intensive workshop was held in Sauraha, Chitwan, with eight members from each cooperative participating.
The expertise, support, and guidance of the experts enhanced the plans in accordance with the capabilities of each cooperative.
The cooperatives prepared four individual drafts of agroforestry business plans with guidance from the experts and facilitators.He explained the process/methodologies involved, handed over business plan formats, conducted group work sessions, and provided support and guidance throughout the workshop.Experts from the District Forest Office and the District Agricultural Division were also present to provide inputs to and suggestions on the business plans.At that point, the cooperatives did not have a strategy plan and had a very little knowledge about the importance of the same.Thus the workshop helped them understand that a business/strategy plan will help them attain their aims and objectives.If this study shows that the planned co-operative is feasible, the group can proceed to the second phase.If the study suggests it is not feasible, or if the study is not conclusive, the group should re-evaluate its business idea.This will reduce pressure on natural forests and will ultimately help mitigate the increase of greenhouse gases caused by deforestation.These plans will be translated from Nepali to English for reference purposes.One of the wider objectives of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD ) is to promote agroforestry to reduce the burden put on natural forests and have trees growing outside forests.To promote agroforestry in Chitwan district, Nepal, four hotspots were selected among eight identified under the District REDD Action Plan (DRAP), technically supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.