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"Towards a sustainable future in the way Nature intended”

 

About Us

About Us

Kyarki Foundation started off as a Permaculture farm and appeared on the local newspaper Amar Ujala several times as one of the first successful chia (Salvia hispanica L.) farming experiments in Uttarakhand Himalaya. This first research project allowed us to gain the trust of the local farmers and made us realise many of the challenges the hill tribes are facing today. We are based in Neer Village, 20 km from Rishikesh, in the Indian State of Uttarakhand.

 

 

Our Mission

We are working with the Neer's families of farmers to explore solutions to hill outmigration. Our mission is to promote a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Rural Development. We promote our mission by conducting research activities that are based on four pillars: 

1) Social security 
2) Sustainable agriculture
3) Low environmental impact
4) An economy for primary needs 

Our research strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals #1 (No Poverty) and #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). 

 

 

 

Our Goal

The Kyarki Foundation was initially born as a very simple concept to rent a piece of abandoned land in the Kyarki Village. Our intention was to experience the lifestyle of the hill tribes of Uttarakhand to understand how to increase their profits through innovative tradition-based farming techniques.

The experience and the challenges we faced led us to mature a more integrated understanding of the issues the hill tribes need to resolve to bring about a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Rural Development. We have therefore transformed the Kyarki Foundation into a research-oriented no-profit organisation to explore the potential of superfood farming in the Uttarakhand hills. Our goal is to help the local farmers through local agri-entrepreneurship initiatives based on improved crop portfolios

Where We Are

The Kyarki Foundation was born in Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand, a tremendously rich biological gene pool and home to a wealth of ancient spiritualities and traditions. Kyarki Foundation has been active since February 2017 in the Narendra Nagar sub-district, where the Uttarakhand Ministry of Agriculture seeks to develop a Super Foods Cluster of farmers to increase agricultural profits. Our experimental farm is located in Neer Village, while the results of our R&D are disseminated across several hill districts. 

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Our Team

Anant

KF's President

Anant, born in Rishikesh, is a civil engineer with the passion for green development and social work.

As KF's president, his work mainly focuses on legal matters, social responsibility, field surveys, needs assessment and natural construction. Anant is also passionate about organic agriculture and ecology, as he is constantly building knowledge on the ways we can reduce our impact on Mother Earth
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anant@kyarkifoundation.org

Elias

Vice-President

Elias, from Italy, is an agronomist and environmental geographer with the dream to bring positive change in Uttarakhand Himalaya.

 

Elias is vice-president and manages KF's international collaborations and research. He defines KF's farming strategies by exploring low-impact agriculture solutions and by studying the positive examples we have available around the globe.

 

 

elias@kyarkifoundation.org

Amit

Head of Finance

After obtaining a BSc in Hospitality, Amit was soon elected as the President of the Student Union at Pt. Lalit Mohan Sharma Govenrment PG College in Rishikesh, his hometown. 

 

His hearted character led him to join the Kyarki Foundation to ensure our activities are economically viable for the indigenous people. He also co-founded Uddibaba Farm Stay, one of the first agrotourism spots of Uttarakhand Himalaya.

 

amit@kyarkifoundation.org

Mukesh

Supply Chain Manager

21-year old from Neer Village, Mukesh represents the future of the Himalayas. 

 

Mukesh is KF's Supply Chain Manager. He integrates new agricultural practices with the ancient wisdom of his hill tribe in a sustainable fashion. He manages the Kyarki Foundation Experimental Farm in Neer and connects with the local farmers participating in KF's superfoods supply chain. 

 

mukesh@kyarkifoundation.org

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