The cooperative of consumers & organic farmers in Nepal

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In 2020, Open Team will accompany the replicating Nepalese farmers in setting up a cooperative. This cooperative will aim to establish a close relationship between farmers and consumers in large cities.

One of the important opportunities that our surveys / poll of the beginning of the year demonstrated is the propensity of the urban inhabitants of Nepal to buy more expensive of the “healthy” food of which they could control the origin and authenticity of the freshness and the quality products that were offered to them.

For this, the cooperative represents a space for dialogue above all else. A space to raise awareness and enable the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders: consumer citizens certainly, but also producers to create the meeting. The involvement of politicians is also decisive in order to encourage the involvement of policy makers in the process.

The intention of this approach is naturally to encourage, and even secure upstream members who are willing to pre-order fresh baskets, on the models of social enterprises that we know well in France, but reviewed and adapted to the culture and uses in Nepal. It is not a question of “landing” with preconceived ideas about the reproducibility of Western models, but of identifying the way in which models tested in France can be adapted in different socio-cultural contexts.

The cooperative will receive 15% of the sales turnover of the farmers in the first year, 13% in the second year and 10% thereafter. The aim is for this cooperative to manage the logistics issues (transport, warehouse, distribution) for the farmers.

Sokha Hin
Sokha Hin is cofounder of OpenTeam. Engaged into creating a more sustainable economy. 10+ years track in innovation and digital startup environment. Discovered the so little-known reality of climate change at COP20, in Lima, Peru, Dec 2014. Engaged as a consequence into raising awarness of citizens worldwide and empowering citizens into concrete action through digital tools and spreading social entrepreneurship. The World can evolve only by providing a collective reponse, up to the stake of climate change.

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