Linking Roof Top Farming (RTF) with Green Jobs

Linking Roof Top Farming (RTF) with Green Jobs: Creating Urban AGRI-PRENEURS

Kathmandu Metro-politan City, NepalKathmandu, Nepal
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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project has been developed with a view to promote organic urban agriculture through Roof Top Farming in such a way that, it positively brings impacts in urban environment as well as creates entrepreneurship in local markets making the concept of green jobs viable in true sense.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

If my project will be implemented it would holistically addresses the major urban dwelling issues: Concept of Ecocity, Sanitation and health, Food Security, Vulnerability arising from climate change, livelihood
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Urbanization in Kathmandu is growing rapidly & agricultural land is decreasing. Nepal imports pesticides worth Rs.380 million annually, study suggest that 10% rise in food prices is likely to increase overall poverty in Nepal by 4%. Most of the vegetables are imported to Kathmandu from other districts of Nepal, India due to limited local production which increases CARBON FOOTPRINTS. Another challenge is to commercialize the products of RTF.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

There is two aspects of the project - Capacity Enhancement: Focus on capacitating households (HHs) (already practicing RTF) on commercial production of organic vegetables , - Market Development: Linking produce of these households with the local cooperative group in which the households are members. The concept pf linking with cooperative is to ease the prior process before marketing i.e. central collection and consistent packaging. These steps are important in order to develop the entire concept of RTF as business enterprise. Overall the project will demonstrate the effective market model to scale up commercialization of RTF products. This will ultimately contribute in promotion of organic food products.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Kamala Maharjan a housewife of Chamati, received training on RTF. After some month of hard work she started to grow some vegetables in her Roof top (RT), she was very excited and with the further guidance her vegetable production was to such an extent that, after some months she was completely independent of the local market. Not only that she started selling the surplus vegetables in the nearby vegetable shop, through which she has now extra income. She says, "At first I was not sure about growing vegetable in my roof but after learning about right way to do RTF now I'm producing the vegetable needed for my family and I'm also selling the extra vegetables. Its really possible. I like it"

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

139 rooftop gardens have been cultivated in Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Few of the households (HHs) have space intensive RTF & rest have RTF which supply vegetables of their need. Rooftop gardening HHs have recycled their organic waste & also used water management techniques as grey water reused & HH rain water harvesting system for use in RTF which also helps on reduction of GHG emission. Few of RTF HHs have increased their income and diversified their income/livelihood options. Most HHs has achieved cash saving on buying food as they don’t need to buy most of the vegetables from the market. National Policy makers & planners have discussed potential role that commercial rooftop garden production in particular can play in climate change adaptation & mitigation. Thus if intensive RTF can be promoted in community there is great opportunity of developing local entrepreneurship in future.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Practicalize the concept of Eco city development, Opportunity on Creation of Green jobs, Develop RTF as one of the mitigation and adaptation measure for climate change. Enhance the business of exisiting local entrepreneurs through commercialization of the RTF products in the market creating economic sustainability.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Major revenue in the project will be generated through sales of farm produce into local vegetable markets and institutions. To ensure sustainability, the rooftop farms will be promoted as learning centers. Reasonable fees will be charged to the institutions and people interested in taking training and visiting the farms.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Kathmandu at present are mostly dependent on the imported vegetables that has been found to be containing very high dose of pesticides residue. The concept of organic farming is on rise but due to lack of land in the cities, the products are far from affordability for normal families. The proposed project will use the unused spaces on the rooftops of urban buildings, use recycled/reused materials (e.g. waste water reuse, composting and reused bags for farming) and sell the pesticides free produce in local markets at reasonable price throughout the year which insures income generation.

Founding Story

We have infact two "Aha!" moments. One was when we saw our beneficiary from our previous project ("Promoting roof top garden in Kathmandu") actually selling their surplus (no matter how much the quantity is) to the local market. It was like "This is working!!! This is actually possible!!!. Other was when we saw the grotesque condition of use of pesticides (in aggrevated level) in the vegetables we get in our market. The moment was like - "Water water everywhere not a drop to drink". We felt if our endeavor becomes a success we don't need to have any second thought when we munch on lets say carrot next time.


Current composition of team comprises 5 members with Luna K. Kansakar, MSc. Environment Engineering & Management as Technical Advisor, Buddha Bajracharya, Bachelor of Public Health as Project Coordinator, Srijana Shakya BSc. Environment Science as Master Trainer, Aju Nyachhyon MBA as Market Analyst, Sabuna Gamal BSc. Environment Science as Project Assistant.
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Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO)
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About Your Project
Organization Name

Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO)

How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

Nepal, Kathmandu

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nepal, Kathmandu Metro-politan City

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Customers.


Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Water Use, Greenhouse Gases, Waste and Packaging, Opportunities for Women, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

General people residing in Kathmandu are the customer likewise the people form chamati community who have already started practicing Roof Top Farming are the recipient group of my solution. yes these groups value my solution as this concept is more focus on production of the organic vegetables form the Roof Top Garden reusing the waste resources in wise scale.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The Roof Top Farming has already been started so the prize money will be used to enhance capacity of the practitioners. Produce Vegetables will be sold in the local market and institutions through the existing cooperative with the help of this project. This will develop the economic sustainability of the farmers through linkage with cooperative for marketing of the produce with seed money provided during the project implementation. The seed money would also be utilized for the promotion or the advertisement of the RTF products so as to attract more customers.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

we provided training to certain group of women about Vermi-composting few years back. Some of the women then started Vermi-composting with our technical assistance, after some months they started income generation through the composting some of them started it massively and earned more than Rs. 80000 a year which was quite successful.

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