14th September 2023, Kathmandu
The Coca-Cola Foundation Promotes Sustainable Agriculture Launch of Integrated Farming Project Marks a New Beginning
The Coca-Cola Foundation has joined forces with Maiti Nepal to lead a journey towards sustainable development, community enrichment, and the empowerment of women through Integrated Farming, Agricultural Training, and Agro-Tourism.
Chief Minister of Bagmati Province, Hon. Mr. Shalikram Jamkattel led the Foundation Laying Ceremony in Makwanpur Gadhi where he marked the commencement of an extraordinary project that symbolizes empowerment, compassion, and sustainable progress fostered through collective efforts. The Chief Minister during the ceremony stated the potential of the initiative to promote rural growth, foster sustainable farming methods, and provide financial stability to the community.
Coca-Cola Foundation Promotes Sustainable Agriculture
Under this project, a training center will be established, providing training to survivors, rural women, and girls at risk of trafficking. The goal is to ensure a sustainable economic source for 30 individuals and equip them with the skills necessary for success in the agriculture sector. Following the training, the organization will link them with the local government and banking institutions for the funds required to start developing sustainable employment at their yards. In the second year, the organization has also planned to establish a model agro-tourism unit offering employment opportunities and allowing participants to implement their newly acquired knowledge. Also, for those wanting to follow a career in their village, the organization will coordinate with local bodies to provide them with financial support including an Agri-loan from the bank.
Saadia Madsbjerg, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We believe that empowering women and promoting sustainable agriculture go hand in hand. Through this partnership with Maiti Nepal, we aim to create real and lasting change, providing survivors and at-risk individuals with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive.”
Anuradha Koirala, the Founder of Maiti Nepal, shared her enthusiasm for the project, noting, “By combining integrated farming, agricultural training, and agro-tourism, we are not only empowering women economically but also creating a model that can be replicated and scaled up. We are grateful to The Coca-Cola Foundation for their support and look forward to making a meaningful impact together.”
The Coca-Cola Foundation continues its steady support for Nepal, collaborating on diverse projects ranging from waste management, water stewardship, and environmental conservation to empowering communities. Over the years, these initiatives have transformed lives, leaving an enduring mark on Nepal’s landscape. The Foundation’s dedication remains unwavering as it partners with local organizations to build a brighter and more sustainable future for the nation.
For over 50 years, the Coca-Cola System in Nepal has strived to bring people together, create measurable transformation, and strive to make a difference in Nepal.