Basanta Shrestha President

Himalayan Community Development Forum (HICODEF) is thriving in the world of community development since 1999. It has gone through various ups and downs in this course to work in different aspects of development in various districts of Nepal. The support and encouragement of its well-wishers has always made HICODEF to overcome any obstacles on its course.

News & Events

  • Contract with HEIFER Nepal

    Contract of agreement has been done between HICODEF and Heifer International Nepal to implement Strengthening Smallholder Enterprises of Livestock Value Chain for Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in Nepal – phase II (SLVC II) in Nawalparasi (Bardaghat Susta East) district. The time frame of the project is from 15 April to 31 March 2021.
  • Contract with Madhyabindu Municipality Nawalparasi East

    The contract of agreement has been done on 23 April 2018 between HICODEF and Madhyabindu Municipality to implement Chheta Tandi Hydraulic Ramp Pump Micro Irrigation project.
  • Scholarship distributed on National Children Day

    On 14th September 2017 HICODEF distributed scholarship to 20 girls' students on the occasion of National Children Day of Nepal. Among the scholarship students 8 girls are reading on Secondary level and 12 are in basic level.
  • Celebrated 19th General Assembly

    HICODEF has conducted its 19th General Assembly on 24 September 2017. In this occasion 9 member's of executive committee and 2 advisers has been nominated and Mr Basanta Narayan Shrestha has been elected for chairperson. He is one of the founder members of the organization.


Farmers’ Field School ________

There are 6 events (3 events each in Satakun village and Durlungan village) of FFS has been implemented in this period.

There were 61 participants (40 f, 21 m), 63 participants (42 f, 21m) and 62 participants (42 f, 20 m) involved in Oct, Nov and Dec 2016 respectively in FFS in both sites. As always the every session was started with short welcome and introduction followed by review and reflection of previous class, expectation of the farmers and the finalizing the content of discussion. After classroom discussion all participants and the facilitator visit demo farmers’ field to observe and carry out practical exercise. 

General outlined the discussions into following headings:

•Participatory review and reflection of activities (of the past)

•Discussion on contemporary issues, problems and areas of interest of the participants

•Field observation by facilitator and participants

•Self-monitoring and evaluation by the farmers on their progress and the achievements

•Lecture or discussion by the facilitator on specific issues

•Group discussion and group work for practical learning on specific task such as nursery bed preparation

•Field Practical work for doing, observing and learning

Seasonal calendar of different vegetable has been prepared in the class. The calendar guides contents of session and discussion with respect to target vegetables. Informal discussion also been occurred while monitoring that not count in the regular class.

The entire FFS has been focused on vegetable farming. The participants gained knowledge and skill on modern agriculture techniques as well as new modality of vegetable farming like tunnel with mulching farming which is very adaptive method to the climate change as the vegetable grows in the tunnel which maintained the temperature. The facilitator applied the participatory tools and techniques as much as possible. The facilitator organized games, singing, dancing etc to make the class interesting and lively. 


•All 20 tunnels have been constructed and farmers have started to cultivate into the tunnels. Some of the farmers also cultivate vegetables outside field.

•All the farmers are buying vegetable seeds by their own so that it seems they start believing on the modern technologies which project has introduced to them.

•Vegetables are well cultivated and look healthy. 

•Farmers start selling of vegetable. 6 farmers sold the tomato 80 kg each at Rs 40/kg in average. 

•Locals are added vegetable curry in their regular meal. Their health become improved as they get vegetable in their regular diet.

•FFS classes become popular among farmers so there are no drop outs. They have learnt from the class and practice in their own field.

•Leadership will develop as the participants of FFS have to put their views and learning with other participants. There are also the mandatory rules of leadership handover in one class to another as they have to handover their responsibility of reporting, evaluation of class, management and entertainment.

•The farmers prepared botanical pesticides and regularly using in both FFS.

What the farmers learnt from the classes

•Varieties of pasts and pests control technologies.

•Farm management

•Bed preparation for winter vegetable farming

•Making of Bokasi fertilizer by using local materials which is very effective to enhance productivity.

•Making of compost fertilizer

•Pro and cons of chemical pesticide and proper utilization of it.

•Tomato harvesting

•Nursery management of cucurbities vegetable groups. 


•There are lack of consistency among the farmers in vegetable cultivation and production. Action plan has been made for consistency.

•There were pest attacked in demo plot in Baseni. The pest managed by using bio pesticide.

•Water insufficiency in some vegetable plot due to lack of irrigation. Encourage farmers to use irrigation pot as required.

d.Future plan

•Scaling up the vegetable farming.


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