In Nepal, over ninety percent of the population relies on agriculture to make a living. But the Nepalese environment is threatened by unsustainable land use; since 1960, woodlands have been reduced by forty to fifty percent. Organic cultivation is important to sustaining Nepal’s agricultural traditions, protecting the land and water from further degradation by pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Since 1989, PRIMAVERA has been actively conducting the Nepalese project Shambhala, in the southern fertile plains around Terai. Close to Biratnagar, certified organic grasses and herbs are cultivated for PRIMAVERA, including basil, lemongrass, palmarosa and citronella. And in Nepal’s mountain region, in the villages of Masting, Kapti and Hulak, more than 100 people harvest and distill “high mountain oils” for PRIMAVERA.