When I say Bhutan, what do you think of? Snow leopards? A mountainous country in the eastern Himalayas? The only country with a Gross National Happiness indicator? It may now also become known for its beautiful vegetables. If this occurs, it will be thanks to the efforts of one of the IPM Innovation Lab’s industrious scientists, Sulav Paudel. Backstory: Paudel works as the IPM program coordinator for the NGO iDE in Nepal. IDE—International Development Enterprises—is one of the IPM IL’s sub-awardees. This past fall, some Bhutanese scientists visited Nepal to see what novel things they were doing in the realm of agriculture. Paudel took them to visit the IPM IL sites. So much to learn about: using coconut pith as planting material for seedlings, treating seeds with Trichoderma, using pheromone traps, grafting. They were impressed. As a result, they invited Paudel to come demonstrate these techniques in Bhutan. This is a great example of “scaling up beyond the borders of our host countries,” according to Muni. “If we introduce techniques that are credible, they will automatically be scaled up.” Paudel plans to visit Bhutan later this month.
IPM Spreads to the Kingdom of Bhutan