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Award-winning Nepalese farmers grow bananas to avert floods
by Gopal Sharma
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17 January 2018
On 17 January 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
Simpalpani and neighbouring villages -- which sit on a geological faultline -- have been struck by 16 massive landslides over the last 50 years, aid workers said. Rising global temperatures have shrunk Nepal's glaciers, with meltwater forming lakes that flood regularly, causing widespread destruction. But farmers clearing forests for agriculture are also to blame, experts say. Since 2010, the charity [National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre Nepal] has been teaching 14,000 families in 28 villages in the Banganga basin, a river of religious significance for Hindus in Nepal and home to an important wetland, to change their farming habits. Mapping data shows that slash and burn farming in the area has fallen by 80 percent since the project began, [executive director Dhruba Gautam] said. Farmers have persuaded each other to adopt practices that protect forests, soil, rivers, and wetlands, as well as earning a better living.
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