Workshop on Bio Intensive Raised bed farming -Samir Bordoloi, SPREAD NE

“When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” –Alanis Obomsawin This quote rings more bells today than any other time in history. Farming as a profession has…

Devising a path to food security for the urban poor in Shillong this World Food Day

NEN understands that the urban poor is especially susceptible to growing food insecurity due to their overwhelming dependence on the market and their own purchasing power. In an attempt to lower this dependence in Shillong, we took the occasion of World Food Day to begin a movement that will equip our youth grow their own…

NEN Farmers’ Market #2- Nature Fresh Vegetables, nuts, and grains

The second edition of our popular Farmer’s Markets was at Pfutsero in Nagaland. This was another fun-filled day of fresh food for your kitchen and family and livelihood for our incredible farmers that practice traditional farming systems. Over the years, through its engagement with indigenous farmers, NEN has advocated constantly for the importance of food…

Rebuilding lives: NEN initiates engagement with Artisans in Shillong’s Jhalupara locality

Since 2016, NEN Meghalaya has been working in strengthening women’s groups in addressing gender-based violence in the state. Under the thematic area of GBDVAW, NEN Meghalaya has been collaborating with the Akhil Nepali Mahila Samhiti in addressing and redressing gender-based discrimination faced by the marginalised urban poor women in the Cantonment Area. Over the years,…

Traditional Sustainable Technology- Towards efficient and thoughtful resource consumption

Chizami, Nagaland Can technology be sustainable? Turns out it can! Sustainable technology relies on resources that are either renewable or so abundant that we can treat them as such. For technology to be sustainable also means that using it does not have any long-term adverse impact on the environment (populationmatters.org). What is surprising to most of the world’s urban-dwelling population…

Transforming Education and Relearning Human Values

International Youth Day 2019 at Chizami The youth have always been an integral part of NEN’s changemaking process as the future drivers of change. This year itself we have had major engagements with them through our gender sensitization programmes, the farm school that enabled urban youth to work towards sustainable agriculture and a puppeteering workshop…

NEN Farmers’ Market #1: A confluence of organic produce and food

Chizami celebrates International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples ‘There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages…