The Potential to make farmers happy
JICA Horticulture Project
Conversely, one of JICA’s most successful projects, “The Horticulture Research and Development Project (HRDP-JICA)” came to our mind. HRDP-JICA was a technical cooperation project (2010-2015) between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and JICA led by chief advisor Tomiyasu, coordinator Sasaki and other Japanese experts. The overall goal of the project was to make horticulture more popular as a source of income in six eastern dzongkhags. The main focuses of the project were to identify horticulture farming practices and crops in each target area and to strengthen the technical training system. The implementation approach was based on the technical transfer approach through the practice of learning-through-working together on the basis of mutual understanding and trust.
Farmers were trained thoroughly in horticulture starting from pit digging to post-harvest techniques. At the same time, farmers were also encouraged to transfer their skills and knowledge to other farmers. This approach helped in making a big difference compared to the conventional distribution of seeds, tools and manuals to farmers. In recognition of its success, His Majesty The King awarded the National Order of Merit Gold to Lhap Dorji, the program director at the Renewable Natural Resources Research and Development Centre, Wengkhar, and Tomiyasu.
Impact Survey from the Perspective of GNH
In order to find tips and solutions from HRDP-JICA for the alleviation of farmers’ unhappiness, CBS and JICA spearheaded a special GNH survey in November 2016 to evaluate the impact of the project on the GNH index (9 domains and 33 indicators).
This was the first memorable study on assessment of a project’s impact based on GNH that is the overriding philosophy which should guide all development activities. Like the 2015 GNH Survey, analysis at indicator level was made by comparing the headcount of people enjoying sufficiency in 33 indicators between the beneficiary (47 households) and the non-beneficiary (196 households) groups in Mongar.
Kuensel, February 20, 2017
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