Development Voyage started its 4th THE BAZAAR shop at the wholesale market (mandi) in Pokhara. As the volume of the organic produce from our producers was too much to sell only from our 3 retail stores, we added one more shop at the wholesale market. From now on, it is strategically very easier for THE BAZAAR to collect as much volume of produces as possible from our farmers. This shop also helps in figuring out the pricing of the produce for farmers as the wholesale market is the place where the price is decided for wholesale & retail rates of vegetables in Pokhara.

Details about this shop will soon be added in our website.

 

It is our pleasure to announce that you can also book our offers through airbnb now onwards. Here is the link of our profile:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3088463

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Development Voyage is happy to announce that we have launched our homepage for agritourism- Organic Living. We welcome any inputs and feedback from our well-wishers to improve our services and the details in the homepage.

Check the webpage: www.organiclivingnepal.org / www.organiclivingnepal.com

We hope that you will subscribe us as your sustainable holiday partner soon.

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We share the 1st issue of our newsletter on 25 May 2014. We will try our best to update our friends, well-wishers and followers through regular online newsletter now onwards.

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Development Voyage Pvt. Ltd. is moving through a crisis phase that is full of energy for future. As the video below pictures its clearly, we moved through the ‘crisis of meaning’ state since last 2 years. Now, we are at the brim of the ‘crash & burn’ or ‘Ride the entrepreneur rollercoaster’ section. It is now the time either to move upward and surpass the crisis or bring it to ‘the end’. Deadline is 15 June 2014.

The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster

 

 

 

 

 

It is our great pleasure to announce that Development Voyage received government grant from Project for Agriculture Commercialisation and Trade (www.pact.gov.np) for its supply chain project. The details of the project is as follows:

Title of the project/proposal THE BAZAAR: market for fair trade & organic’, a market for selling organic vegetables in Kaski District.
Objectives of the project
  1. To provide skills, knowledge and expertise on ‘organic farming’ to 275 farmers of Kaski districts.

 

  1. To enhance the capacities of organic farmers and start organic certification through ‘Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)’ to at least 3 cooperatives/farms working with us. We will build a binding contractual agreement with these cooperatives for long-term partnerships.

 

  1. To develop reliable and fair market for the organic products in Pokhara. For this ‘THE BAZAAR’ will function as a common brand market outlet for the farmers and a one-stop shop for organic consumers.

 

  1. To develop professional supply-chain of organic vegetables by establishing own logistics and warehouse with cold storage to maintain volume, variety, quality and regularity of organic produce.

 

  1. To raise awareness and understanding of middle-class consumers of Pokhara about healthy and sustainable impact of organic consumption.
Thematic Area/Value Chain Vegetables
Grant Category Category 2: Agribusiness support Grant
Implementing partners THE BAZAAR Agriculture Cooperative (TBAC)
Collaborators Organic Certification Nepal, Kathmandu
Eco-Center, Chitwan
Bachsermaert / Rundumkultur, Switzerland
Number of House Holds/Farmers who participate in the project  275 producers/farmers in network of TBAC. A. HHs by Gender

(a) Male HH head: 171

(b) Female HH head: 104

 

B. HHs by ethnicity

(a) Dalit: 28

(b) Ethnic/Janajati: 110

(c) Brahmin/Chhetri etc: 137

(d) Others

Thank you everyone for your support, ideas and trust in the works of Development Voyage.

Annapurna Post_Organic Yuwa

 

Research media coverage_THE BAZAAR

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Media Coverage in The Himalayan Times

 

 

 

 

Market Survey & its Findings

After a year of implementation of ‘Supply Chain for Organic Produce’ project and series of trainings to the farmers, we thought to get feedback from customers on their demand. Importantly, Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) won’t be successful without the participation of customers who are the major stakeholders in the process.

THE BAZAAR conducted a customer survey just before organizing the PGS preparation training. Almost 500 customers from Pokhara valley were interviewed with 5 questions focused on their understanding of organic certification, their demand of the produce and their willingness to pay for the organic. A group of journalist of local newspapers of Pokhara led by Ms. Sushma Poudel collected the data for the survey.

The findings of the survey were as follows:

Survey result-1

Survey Result-2

 

Survey Result-3

Development Voyage in collaboration with THE BAZAAR Agriculture Cooperative (TBAC) and in support of One-to-Watch/Impulsis, Netherlands completed 14 months project on ‘Supply Chain for Organic Produce’.

The final report of the project has been published. The project was implemented from January 2013 to February 2014.

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Activities & Outputs

1. Identifying 275 new organic vegetables producers in Kaski Region

Preparing Roster of Organic Farmers

Supply Chain team of THE BAZAAR contacted and listed 30 groups of organic farmers in Kaski District. More than 750 farmers are involved in these groups. Nevertheless, none of the farmers are organic certified.

Among these 30 groups, only 10 groups/cooperative/farms were selected to continue the long-term partnership to meet the objectives of project.

List of the producers is as follows:

Name of Producers Number of Members
Saathi Bio Farm, Rivan 5
Machhapuchhre Organic Production Group, Bhadaure 120
Namuna Organic Cooperative, Aarba 45
Tarkang-Madibesi Vegetables Collection Center, Bhaise 65
Gulmeli Organic Group, Rethipani 5
Nirmal Pokhara Organic Producer Group, Nirmal Pokhari 5
Jagrit Producer Group, Khalsekhola 25
Siddha Farmers Group, Belbas 5
Makura Cooperative, Dhikurpokhari 20
Organic Farmers Cooperative, Bhalam 25
Total Members 320

Baseline survey of organic farmers

While preparing the roster, Mr. Tanka Raj Subedi, supply chain manager of Development Voyage and Mr. Dipendra Pokherel, agriculture expert from government office (Regional Agriculture Training Center), met around 10 producers groups to identify the production, supply chain and marketing challenges of the organic produce in Kaski. We identified this survey as a regular process and will continue to mitigate supply chain challenges for a year. Over the year, the result of this survey will be tentative production plan with each farmers group, supply chain schedule, market information and pricing system and sales plan of THE BAZAAR.

2. Training and Capacity Building of 275 Organic Producers

Co-ordination workshop: Working Modality between farmers & THE BAZAAR

We conducted first coordination workshop on title ‘Supply Chain for Organic Produce in Kaski Region- Working Modality between Farmers and THE BAZAAR’ on March 29-30, 2013. 35 farmers’ participants from 27 farmers group participated the workshop. Mr. Tulsi Giri facilitated the workshop while Mr. Basanta Ranabhat, Organic Inspector of Organic Certification Nepal (OCN) and Mr. Dipendra Pokherel provided their expertise support during the workshop.

The result of the workshop were:

  • 25 farmers group became interested to join THE BAZAAR Agriculture Cooperative and work in our supply chain modality.
  • Around 500 farmers are involved in these groups.
  • The urgent need of ‘logistics and warehouse’ facility was identified as major challenge of supply chain management between farmers and THE BAZAAR.
  • Farmers group agreed to go into ‘organic certification process’ under the brand of THE BAZAAR.
  • Agreed to start weekly ‘farmers market’ (e.g. like that of 1905 restaurant in Kathmandu) under THE BAZAAR’s management.

Farmers training: Organic Methods of Pest & Disease Control

We conducted 1st farmers training under the project titled ‘Organic methods of pest and disease control for quality products’ on August 18th and 19th. The training was conducted in Saathi Bio Farm, Rivan. 32 participants of 15 farmers group/cooperatives participated in the training. Tulsi Giri and Tanka Raj Subedi from THE BAZAAR and Dhan Bahadur Rana, Agriculture Expert from District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) facilitated and trained the participants.

This 2 days training was primarily practical training where the farmers prepared different kinds of compost, pest & disease controlling methods etc. and farmers shared their knowledge among each other.

Farmers Training: Preliminary Concept of Participatory Guarantee System

THE Bazaar Agriculture Cooperative (TBAC) in collaboration with Development voyage Pvt. Ltd. organized organic certification through Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) Orientation Training. The training was targeted for 10 different organic producers group from Kaski district who are working with THE BAZAAR. The program was held in Hote Holiday Inn, Pokhara on 26th and 27th September 2013. The trainer was Basanta Ranabhat from Organic certification Nepal where Tulsi Giri facilitated the program.

Objectives

  1. To orient the farmers on organic certification and process of Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) implementationStakeholder Meeting: Initiation of PGS in Kaski

Date: 28th Septermber 2013

 Objectives

  1. To get updates on organic activities and certification processes in Kaski district and sharing of initiatives.
  2. To discuss on how we could assure quality and trust on organic market, if PGS can be the right approach?
  3. Further strengthen the coordination and networking of organic stakeholders to support different initiation.

Findings and Further Steps

–       If PGS process is initiated THE BAZAAR would be first in Nepal to go into certified PGS system.

–       Government line agencies should be made aware and trained in PGS.

–       All the stakeholders are interested to join the process and support TBAC in PGS implementation.

Conclusion

 -       THE BAZAAR can initiate its PGS process with the farmers it is working with.

–       THE BAZAAR will facilitate and District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) will lead the formation of district level PGS Committee to assure the guarantee and authorize the process.

Market Survey & its Findings

After a year of implementation of ‘Supply Chain for Organic Produce’ project and series of trainings to the farmers, we thought to get feedback from customers on their demand. Importantly, PGS won’t be successful without the participation of customers who are the major stakeholders in the process.

THE BAZAAR conducted a customer survey just before organizing the PGS preparation training. Almost 500 customers from Pokhara valley were interviewed with 5 questions focused on their understanding of organic certification, their demand of the produce and their willingness to pay for the organic. A group of journalist of local newspapers of Pokhara led by Ms. Sushma Poudel collected the data for the survey.

Farmers Training: PGS Preparation & Implementation

‘Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) Preparation Training and Workshop’ was organized by TBAC in collaboration with Development Voyage from 31 December 2013 to 3 January 2014 in Pokhara. 36 participants from 11 diverse organic farmers groups of Kaski (one from Belbas, Tanahun) participated the training.

Training photo

Rationale of PGS training

The organic farming/produce needs trust in the market. There are different types of certification processes around the world like Internal Control System (ICS), Third Party Certification, Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) etc. One of the many reasons why organic produce is expensive in the market is because of these certification processes. As the certification cost high, normally smallholders are not able to be involved, thus lagging behind the market access of their organic products.

Among others, we found out that Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) is the best fit in our context. It is localized form of the certification; small holders can get involved in the process and its not expensive compare to other processes. With this understanding THE BAZAAR led the process of PGS.

Objectives of PGS Training

  • To orient and practically train the farmers in PGS certification process.
  • To develop and document the PGS standards. manual and working guidelines.
  • To form the PGS committee to further implement the certification process.

Outputs & Outcomes

  1. 36 participants (who are also the leaders of the farmers groups) are practically trained on the step by step procedures of PGS implementation.
  1. “THE BAZAAR PGS Committee” Formation

On the 4th of day PGS training, a stakeholder meeting was organized to form a committee for implementing PGS in Kaski district. The 11 members committee was formed as below:

Name of the Committee: THE BAZAAR PGS Implementation Committee

Name of the PGS: THE BAZAAR PGS

Members of the committee:

°       District Agriculture Development Organization (1- Coordinator)

°       Agri-expert: Dhan Bahadur Rana (1- Sub-Coordinator)

°       THE BAZAAR Agriculture Cooperative (1- Secretariate)

°       Development Voyage (1- Supply Chain)

°       Agro-division of Pokhara Chamber of commerce and Industries (1- Member)

°       Farmers Group – (4- members)

°       NGO Rep. USC Canada/Machhupuchre Development Organization (1- Member)

°       Customer Representation- Aryuvedic Health Home (1- Member)

  1. PGS Standards and Manual are drafted for systematic implementation.
  1. PGS implementation plan is developed to execute the certification process.
  2. Implementation of PGS will benefit more than 300 farmers in the network of TBAC involved with these 11 farmers group.

Inspection & Coordination Committee

At the same meeting “Inspection and Coordination Committee” represented by 7 farmers in each group i.e. in total 14 members, was formed. The members of the committee represent farmers from each involved groups and they will assist PGS implementation committee to implement PGS in the fields.

stakeholder meeting

Farmers Training: PGS Inspection Training

After the formation of the PGS committee the internal inspectors training was held on Saathi bio farm, Rivan. 7 nominated inspectors in the above mentioned committee participated in the training. Govinda Sharma from HESARA farm was the trainer and Tanka raj subedi was facilitating the program. The training was for internal inspectors where they learned following things:

–       Field inspection of the farmer members of the PGS committee

–       Documentation, report preparation and recommendation formats

–       Monitoring the fields, understanding the problems, standards to meet for organic.

–       Basics on pest management and organic methodologies.

3. Implementation of Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)

Implementation of PGS has been started soon after the training. The team of TBAC and Agri-expert Dhan Bahadur Rana visited all interested farmers group and oriented the farmers on PGS model. Profiling and documentation of interested farmers has also been started. Already around 200 farmers have registered for going into PGS certification.

Agri-expert Dhan Bahadur Rana and Supply Chain Manager of Development Voyage has started developing a production manual i.e. crop calender based on market demand for each group, risk mitigation plan and support system to the farmers.

Further development of PGS implementation and developing a warehouse for managing the supply chain is a prime need.

4. Market Development of Organic Produce

THE BAZAAR has 3 organic vegetables sales point in Pokhara: one at Saleways Departmental Stores, Mahendrapool, second at Rastra Bank Chowk and third at Damside. The first 2 stores do basically retailing while the third store at Damside also functions as the warehouse and storage center, and does B2B selling.

model shop

5. IEC materials development and dissemination

Promotional Video of Supply Chain Project

The cooperative made a video to show its supply chain- production to the market. This 3.18 minutes long video is produced and featured in the website of THE BAZAAR and from youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZMyQlmGG80). Besides, it is being used to promote the activities of the cooperative in different forums.

Marketing Plan

A marketing plan was developed in August 2013, to implement and improve the business of THE BAZAAR. This plan has been implemented already. Flyers were published, the staffs were oriented and customers are approached accordingly to meet objectives of this plan.

 6. Mobilizing ICT to promote organic vegetables

Software

Retail and warehouse management software was developed with the help of a company named Insoft, Pokhara.

Website

The website www.thebazaar.com.np is renewed and updated according to the new strategy of the cooperative and THE BAZAAR. The website also has the facility to build and send out the monthly newsletter to the subscriber.

Results of the Project

  1. Over 300 farmers / producers are connected to formal markets through THE BAZAAR.
  2. Middle-class consumers (In total 30% of 60% of 250,000 population in Pokhara) are sensitized to purchase organic produce and safe the environment.
  3. Certification process for the organic produce by the farmer members of TBAC has been initiated through PGS.
  4. A pricing model (wholesale, retail) of the local products following the fair-trade principles, i.e. THE BAZAAR will sell the     produce with the margin of factor 1.3 on wholesale and 1.5 on retail on the cost price. The cost price are set in mutual understanding between THE BAZAAR and farmers depending on the market price of the day.
  5. Involvement of all members of TBAC in different activities, meetings and campaigns of THE BAZAAR is being insured.


THE BAZAAR is updating its website.

Welcome to THE BAZAAR

“THE BAZAAR: Market for Fairtrade & Organic” is a flagship brand of Development Voyage Pvt. Ltd. In collaboration with THE BAZAAR Agriculture Cooperative (TBAC) it builds up supply chain for local and organic produce i.e. logistics, warehousing and wholesale, food processing, running shops & take-away (retail). In collaboration with FoodCycleAcademy it provides the structure for practical training and education for young entrepreneurs along the food cycle .


  • THE BAZAAR

    THE BAZAAR connects urban consumers with a rich assortment of genuine local and organic produce, all from local producers. Shop @ Rastrabank Chowk ; Shop @ Damside ; Shop-in-Shop @ Saleways, Mahendrapool.

  • THE BAZAAR Cooperative

    TBAC promotes the cooperation between producers and consumers. It supports organic productions & agribusinesses and provides saving and credit facilities to its members.

  • Saathi Bio Farm

    The permaculture designed model farm of Development Voyage initiated in 2011 with training character and agritourism facilities. Interested to stay, work or enjoy the farm holidays? Contact us !!!

  • ORGANIC LIVING

    Experience our best agritourism by working & living in an organic farm (or a farmers' family). You are more than a tourist, a friend that comes home to enjoy the essence of Nepali culture and natural beauty.


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