Ananda Jyoti Agriculture School

Throughout Nepal one can see fading cultures and traditions as young people move from their mountain-village homes to cities and abroad seeking higher education and employment. Many of this generation believe there is little or no economic opportunity in their villages as they see Nepal situated within an eastern culture, western ideology, geographical constraints, political issues and insufficient resources. While goals of improving one’s life are supported and applauded, Elevate Nepal believes there is a way to provide an income source and life for villagers using resources that are locally sourced. The most vital resource Nepal has is its rich soils that lie in the Himalayan mountains. A way to combat migration and preserve mountain cultures is in the agricultural sector. 

Like many places in the world, agriculture is shifting as people seek jobs elsewhere—Nepal is no different and the change has been dramatic over recent years. This change is witnessed first-hand by Elevate Nepal, Inc. founders, Dan Maurer and Anthony Mancini each having spent time living and working on farms throughout Nepal, specifically coffee farms. In 2011 Dan and Anthony met Syriah Adikhari, owner of Begnas Coffee Farm in Begnas Tal, Nepal. Syriah, a life-long agricultural expert, has traveled throughout Nepal teaching about sustainable, organic farming.  Also working within local politics, he has brought new roads, schools, and clean drinking water to his village. Syriah is most well known for pioneering the Nepalese coffee agriculture.

While communities support educational opportunities for young Nepalese, Syriah has witnessed the dramatic impact on his own coffee business with fewer people available to grow and harvest beans or innovate and expand the business. For example, in 2011 the Begnas Tal hillside coffee agriculture produced nearly five (5) tons of coffee providing income to over 150 families. The 2018-19 harvest is predicted to yield .33 ton or 300KG.