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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 farming trial 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 have thus defined five major focus areas for action to foster Sustainable Development in the hills of Uttarakhand. Our operations are now taking place in Neer Village, 20 km from Rishikesh, India.

 


Our Mission

We are working with the Neer's families of farmers to explore solutions to hill emigration. Our mission is to bring about Sustainable Rural Development by informally promoting some of the United Nations SDGs for the villages we will adopt. Our focus areas are Social Responsibility, Sustainable Agriculture, Education, Agrotourism, and Research.

 

 

 

Focus Areas

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 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 Sustainable Rural Development. We have therefore defined five areas of action, namely Social Responsibility, Sustainable Agriculture, Education, Agrotourism, and Research.

 

These areas, as explained below, cover many of the UN-SDGs and will serve for the social and economic uplift of the indigenous peoples of the Uttarakhand hills.

Where

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 region, where the Uttarakhand Ministry of Agriculture seeks to develop a Super Foods Cluster (SFC) in support of the global trends towards healthy and sustainable living. Following the successful examples of many other countries, Uttarakhand is also the first State of India to officially regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp.

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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

Hana

Hemp Technical Advisor

Hana Gabrielová, from Czech Republic, is a 20 year veteran in the hemp and cannabis industry. Her career spans the gamut of policy, NGO and for-profit organisations. She has led advocacy and policy initiatives both in the EU and international arenas.  When she’s not on a plane you can find her at Biofarm Sasov in the Czech countryside, where her seed-to-shelf company Hempoint is based. Hempoint also offer consulting and distribute hemp seeds for farmers around the world. Additionally Hana is working on the development of cannabis industry standards with ICCI on a project called Patient Focused Certification.

 

hana@kyarkifoundation.org

Catherine

Education Project Manager

Catherine, from Italy, is a multi-media artist and Art Therapy graduate, who has been involved with outreach programs in India over the past year.

 

 

Her aim is to bring a sustainable education in KF's villages, with a multi-disciplinary approach to learning. The focus is to provide nurturing and creative academic education based on the child's emotional and spiritual development.

 

 

catherine@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

Neer Village Farming Operations Manager

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

 

Mukesh is Neer's Farming Operations Manager. He integrates new agricultural practices with the ancient wisdom of his hill tribe in a sustainable fashion. He manages the Organic Producer Group (OPG) of Neer and guides the farmers taking part in the Kyarki Foundation's superfoods supply chain. 

 

mukesh@kyarkifoundation.org

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