- Gender transformative (GE3)
- 5 - Gender Equality
- Business Model
This innovative solution will empower women smallholders in Kaski, Nepal with increased choice about how they grow vegetables. iDE has trained these women to use integrated pest management (IPM) production methods which minimize or eliminate the use of chemical pesticides. They now prefer to use IPM methods for its health benefits, and do so for household-consumed vegetables. However, they do not use IPM methods for their commercial vegetables because IPM production methods are too costly for them to recoup a profit in the market. In order to make a decent living, they expose themselves to harmful chemicals.
The testing will support women farmers in Kaski to test strategies for marketing IPM-produced vegetables in one of the new produce markets in Pokhara with the objective of identifying the highest possible price premium. iDE will test the strategies on three types of vegetables—cucurbits, tomatoes, and cauliflower—over three marketing seasons, following the discrete growing cycles for each type of vegetable. iDE will work with women farmers who have already been trained in IPM production methods and actively market their produce collectively through four locally run collection centres via their largely women-led marketing committees.