Category Archives: Urban Youth Farming Programme



A special focus area for NESFAS in the facilitating of community is to empower local communities to celebrate and defend their diverse food and agriculture practices and to have a say at local, Regional, National and International levels. NESFAS also strive to promote the importance of local agricultural practices for livelihood and well-being of communities. It does so by connecting people to the pleasure and importance of local food. 

Thus, it is important to promote urban youth to engage in farming practices in urban areas and other practices for producing fresh food or other agricultural products for them to understand   about the importance of IFS that plays a key role in food security. There are many different approaches to urban farming including rooftop farming, kitchen garden, vertical farming and other practicing method.


2020 has taught us multiple lessons due to covid- 19 pandemic . One is returning back to our basics i.e., farming/agriculture. People in the urban areas have been constantly depending on farmers for their food. Keeping in mind the challenges brought to us during this pandemic, it is important for youths in the urban areas to learn, know and understand farming practices. Having our own kitchen garden can keep us busy during our free time and also growing of crops organically can help families have a healthy food consumption. The main purpose of this programme is to impart knowledge and training to youths regarding urban faming. 


  1. Agrobiodiversity Walks
  2. Field visits to selected villages
  3. Session on urban farming (theoretically & practical)
  4. Introduction of Urban Farming and Agrobiodiversity.

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International Day Of The World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020

STATEMENT OF NESFAS/THE INDIGENOUS PARTNERSHIP (TIP)  As we commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, let us not forget that supporting Indigenous Peoples is not only a social good; it is also a sound development policy. Defending the … Continue reading

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Our Solutions are in Nature: International Day for Biological Diversity

Statement by Phrang Roy, Coordinator TIP; Chairman NESFAS Indigenous Peoples have traditionally been inhabitants of the least disturbed biodiversity lands and territories of the world. They manage more than one quarter of all the lands of this planet and protect … Continue reading

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NESFAS focuses on Food Sovereignty at Tri Village Winter Fest in Ri-Bhoi

NESFAS on January 31, 2020 conducted an awareness programme to promote indigenous food system for the youth at Liarsluid community during the Tri Village Winter Festival. The event was organised by three Ri Bhoi communities — Liarsluid, Khweng and Madanrtiang. … Continue reading

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Several rice seeds displayed at Mukhap Rice Festival held by SURE

The Society for Urban and Rural Empowerment (SURE), in collaboration with NESFAS, held a Rice Festival at Madan Mukhap, West Jaintia Hills on January 25, 2020 wherein the community members there displayed several varieties of traditional seeds, which are still … Continue reading

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Organic Bamboo School receives Rs. 1 Lakh as part of CM’s entrepreneurial programme

The ‘Organic Bamboo School’ under the guidance of NESFAS (Garo Team) received Rs 1 lakh from Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on January 21, 2020, as part of the Chief Minister’s ‘E Champion Challenge’. The Government of Meghalaya along with … Continue reading

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Rice festival – cum-Mei – Ramew Phawar Competition

Through this event, our aim is to display and document the different indigenous varieties of paddy from different participating communities, including other regions of Meghalaya. We will also be having seed exchange, initiation of seed saving practices, value-added rice products, … Continue reading

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