Who are we?
ASK-Nepal is a non-governmental organization (NGO) seeking to empower rural communities in Nepal. Started in 1997 as a government registered NGO, ASK-Nepal has spent the last 20 years advocating for democracy, promoting equality, training farmers, and facilitating funding to over 40 villages in both Syangja district of Gandaki province and the Kavrepalanchok district of Province No. 3.
ASK-Nepal began as an agricultural NGO by encouraging sustainable farming practices and championing commercial farming efforts. Today, ASK takes a more holistic approach to rural empowerment while staying true to our farming roots. Our aim is to improve economic opportunities of rural farmers as well as promote inclusive social practices in their communities. We believe in a rights-based and participatory approach, where village communities can choose which projects and training work best for their needs.
What do we do?
What do we stand for?
Help dignify the lives of rural Nepali communities and socially excluded groups through the promotion of human rights, self-advocacy, good governance, environmental sustainability, skilled agricultural, and elevation of economic standing using local knowledge and resources.
To improve life standard (social, economic and cultural) of poor and socially excluded farmers creating balance in environment and conserving bio-diversity utilizing human resource and increasing the rate of production in non-agricultural through development of human resources and management of natural resources.
- Benefit the public while retaining a non-profit status.
- Improve the life-standard of rural farmers by increasing their agricultural production and broadening their skillsets.
- Provide formal and non-formal training to rural communities about forestry, agriculture, environmentalism by promoting new practical farming techniques.
- Empower disadvantaged groups, such as women, Dalits, and the impoverished by assisting the adoption of new income generation activities.
- Assist farmers by coordinating new production technologies, improved marketing opportunities, and other more advanced resources.
- Develop and strengthen farmer organizations, cooperatives, and networks.
- Improve the connections and outcomes of local civil society.
- Coordinate combined efforts with partnering NGOs, cooperatives, and secondary organizations to help manage resources, materials, and technology.
- Grow the awareness and adoption of additional income generation programs in rural farming communities.
- Promote local governance and democracy in conjunction with support from local government offices.