The People and Resource Dynamics Project (PARDYP) is an integrated research for development project comprising of research and development institutions and individuals from China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Canada and Switzerland working on the problem of the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region. Working with the communities at the region the project, has been able to contribute towards initially identifying practical needs particularly those related to food, fuel, fodder, and water, as also identification of opportunities for increased income,followed by implementation (through participatory means) of a few, well tested on farm interventions, such as, poly -house technologies for off season vegetable production, irrigation through drip, and bio composting etc., in the PARDYP watersheds of the HKH region. This paper describes the findings of the research, efforts using simple scientific principal for improving traditional knowledge and methods used by the project to spread and disseminate the findings among different community living in diverse social, cultural, agro-climatic set up of HKH with taking special impasses on the marginalized people living in the region.

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Useing traditional knowldge with science
A “pardyp” network experiences for community development

Sudhir. S. Bisht   G B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Katarmal-263643, Almora, India

B.P. Kothyari   G B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Katarmal-263643, Almora, India

S.K. Bhuchar   International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Khumaltar, GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal

The People and Resource Dynamics Project (PARDYP) is an integrated research for development project comprising of research and development institutions and individuals from China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Canada and Switzerland working on the problem of the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region. Working with the communities at the region the project, has been able to contribute towards initially identifying practical needs particularly those related to food, fuel, fodder, and water, as also identification of opportunities for increased income,followed by implementation (through participatory means) of a few, well tested on farm interventions, such as, poly -house technologies for off season vegetable production, irrigation through drip, and bio composting etc., in the PARDYP watersheds of the HKH region. This paper describes the findings of the research, efforts using simple scientific principal for improving traditional knowledge and methods used by the project to spread and disseminate the findings among different community living in diverse social, cultural, agro-climatic set up of HKH with taking special impasses on the marginalized people living in the region.

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