Practical Action Blogs

    Direct seeded rice – A promising resource efficient technology

    Arjun Bhattarai, a 51-year-old farmer living in Koshi Haraicha of Morang district, grows rice as a major crop in his land. Out of his three children, a daughter and a son are blind by birth. So, with the help of his only wife and some casual workers, he used to grow rice and vegetables in his own 8 kattha (1 Kattha = 333.33 sq. meter) and leased 10 kattha land. They were able to hardly meet their annual household needs. […]

    June 29th, 2017

    Earthquake victims coming together to rein in the ever increasing price of construction materials

    A simple act of collective procurement is improving the access of the earthquake victims to quality construction materials and reducing the price by more than 10 percent. Two years after the devastating earthquake, majority of the victims are still under the temporary shelters in Nepal. Their journey to permanent housing is uncertain due to ever increasing price of construction materials. Each time price hikes, their hope for bringing back roof over their head fades further. Government has no apparent mechanism […]

    June 29th, 2017

    Selling vegetables to educate wife, a moving story of Gopal Mahat

    Gopal Mahat just turned 24 and is a local denizen of Ghagar Village of Badimalika Municipality in Bajura. This young and energetic man with a high school education passes almost all his day in his vegetable farm. Gopal lives in a family of five along with his parents, wife and a child. He is among a very few men in Bajura who support their wives in pursuing higher studies. Gopal makes a special exception because he also takes care of […]

    June 29th, 2017

    Students building nutrition smart communities

    Malnutrition is the most chronic health problems globally. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in Nepal around 39.9 per cent of national population consumes minimum calories than prescribed. Above 46 per cent children below the age of 5 suffer malnutrition and 45 per cent are underweight while 43 per cent have stunted growth. Of the various development regions in Nepal, the situation of malnutrition is rather worse in far-west where nearly 50 per cent people are consuming fewer calories […]

    June 28th, 2017

    Flood Resilience in Practice the potential for gaming

    In June 2017 at the 11th international conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA11) Practical Action and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Environment and Disaster Management (EDM) program collaborated to present a session on Community Based Adaptation exploring with practitioners the linkage between flood risk and heathy ecosystems, using a game. This game builds on Practical Action’s extensive experience on flood risk management, early warning systems and participatory flood resilience building, combined with WWF’s expertise on ecosystem and nature based approaches. […]

    June 27th, 2017

    A tonic for development

    Mashaba school
    Lack of access to modern, affordable and sustainable renewable energy services for the rural population remains a challenge in Zimbabwe. According to the World Energy Outlook 2000, the country currently has a national electrification rate of 41.5%. While electricity has reached 79% of urban households, rural electrification is still below 19%, and only 32% of the population has access to modern energy. With such statistics, having electricity in rural areas like Gwanda District is like a dream. In 2015, Practical Action […]

    June 27th, 2017

    Meet a real ‘Wonder Woman’

    The new ‘Wonder Woman’ film premiered across the world this month.  At its Latin American red carpet event in Mexico, the star, Gal Gadot, was presented with a unique set of embroidered Wonder Woman bracelets. These were designed and made by Doris Barrientos, an artisan from Cusco and leading light of our textile art project to promote economic development in the region. “Wonder Woman” is a fighter and warrior just like the artisans from Cusco,” commented Doris. Doris Barrientos lives […]

    June 23rd, 2017

    Squatters’ community transforming into flood resilient community

    A squatters’ community of over 41 migrated families from different places as landless have been building their flood resilient capacities. They organized together, learned and put their efforts to disaster risk reduction. An end to end flood early warning system set up by Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and Practical Action in collaboration with agencies of the government of Nepal with funding support from USAID/OFDA breaks down vulnerability to enhance community flood resilience. The vulnerability Sukumbashi Basti (squatters’ community) in […]

    June 22nd, 2017

    Meeting rural electricity needs in Malawi

    An expanding geographic area of work for Practical Action is in Malawi’s agriculture and energy sectors. Malawi has an agro-based economy, with the agriculture sector contributing 30% to the national GDP annually.  Increasing challenges from the changing climate and the demand to feed a fast growing population are driving an increasing focus on this sector. Practical Action has a valuable role to play, which I will talk about in a future blog.  Today I want to concentrate on our role in the provision […]

    June 20th, 2017

    Inclusive toilet – an example of inclusive public sanitation business

    During one of my field trips to Gulariya, in the mid-western Nepal, a gender friendly public toilet caught my attention. Peeping through the vehicle’s window, I decided to visit the site after completing my meeting with Gulariya Municipality Office and following up on the new activities of the Safa Swastha Gulariya project. The public toilet has not only male and female sections but also a separate section for third genders. A bright new paint applied to the facility and a […]

    June 20th, 2017