A Herbal Farming Alternative

This solution addresses low and insecure incomes in Nepal for farmers

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Problem Description

The current accessible markets for many small-scale farmers encourage them to cultivate using only conventional i.e chemical farming methods and crops. The problem we seek to solve is low incomes, unsustainable farming methods, high food waste and negative impact on health. These problems are compounded by uncertain markets, fluctuating market prices and competition from neighboring countries. These problems have yet to be solved as there is a lack of knowledge at a government and institutional level, there is a lack of technical know-how and alternatives for individuals, and the development sector, although pockets of good examples still promote conventional farming methods.

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Herb Nepal is a Private Limited based in Nepal, and established by Simone Alexander and Benjamin van Ooij in December 2014. Unlike a traditional business model Herb Nepal has a triple-bottom line approach, that measures success based on our social, environmental and financial impact.

The HN vision is to have a massive social and environment impact that inspires people to act and solve global challenges. The products are different, mini change-makers representing solutions to global challenges, catalysts for positive social and environmental change, all inspired by personalized messages from Nepali farmers. The next step is to produce and sell these high quality products that are commercially attractive with positive social and environmental outputs.

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  • Agriculture
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    • Rural, Developing
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      STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
      Making the case4
      Business development and evaluation
      • Market sizing, development and testing
      • Business case analysis
      • Identifying cashable savings
      • Prepare to adapt approach, based on evaluation results and user feedback
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      • Grant funding or funding out of investment
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      A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
      Clarity about what warrants implementation and funding

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