Bhutan's Tarayana Foundation Started A Kitchen Garden For Every Household In Tading Gewog


Funded by the World Bank, the Tarayana Foundation also plans to carry out similar projects in other rural communities in Bhutan.

(Source: Tarayana Foundation)


By Pema Seldon Tshering BBS

Every household in Tading Gewog, district of Samtse will now have a kitchen garden within their premises. This was implemented following a survey conducted by the Tarayana Foundation, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Compared to other villages in Bhutan, there were problems of nutrient deficiency in Tading Gewog.

To address this issue, the Tarayana Foundation started a project called ‘Capacity development and communication for improved nutrition' in the rural areas last year.

Why Tading Gewog was chosen for the project?

The project was funded by the World Bank. After making a brief study, the foundation decided to implement the project in Tading Gewog since the community lacked sanitary conditions in the areas of maternal and children's health. It also faces other problems such as malnutrition and neo-natal deaths.


Photo: Facebook/Tarayana Foundation


In terms of nutrition, even if the community members are aware of the need to eat different varieties of food or vegetables, if they do not have the means to grow those kinds of foods, it actually does not serve the purpose.

"Especially in Tading, the lack of water is one of the major issues. Community members cannot have a kitchen garden to even grow any kind of food,” said Sonam Pem, the Director of Programmes at Tarayana Foundation.


Photo: Tarayana Foundation 


Through this project, we hope to improve the dietary diversity and enhance the care practices of pregnant and nursing women in that particular area.

How was the project carried out?

What we basically did was that we looked at different communication methods and communication mediums to convey the messages.

One of the most effective communication media was through interpersonal relations, that is, by identifying a key individual change agent in the community, we can convey important messages and information through that individual.

“At the same time, using a local service provider like Health assistant, school teachers, other extension officers along with our own field officer, we tried to communicate with the community,” the Director of Programmes said.

The Tarayana Foundation also plans to carry out similar projects in other rural communities in the country.


This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.


Related Posts

Tarayana Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Fun-Filled...

Themed ‘Tarayana since 2003: fifteen years of service from the heart', the annual fair was a great success.

May 07, 2018 15:43

Philanthropic Works by the Tarayana Foundation

The Tarayana Foundation was founded by Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and was formally launched on May...

Nov 05, 2017 16:59

Asian Development Bank Provides USD 35m To Develop Bhutan’s...

The grant agreements were signed between the Finance Minister and ADB’s Country Director on 29 November at the Ministry...

Dec 01, 2018 05:48

Conference On ‘Improving Quality and Patient Safety in Health...

“Their Majesties have, at all times, stressed on the importance of uplifting the lives of our people by improving and...

Nov 11, 2018 15:38

Pilot Project By Save The Children On ‘Care For Child Development...

Save the Children International and the Health Ministry of Bhutan pilot-tested the C4CD Plus programme in Punakha and...

Dec 23, 2018 12:48

UNICEF Set Up First Ever Early Childhood Care and Development...

UNICEF and Bhutan’s Education Ministry inaugurated the Early Childhood Care and Development Centre on April 10 this...

Apr 27, 2019 19:38



Employment opportunities amid crisis - Tour guides opts farming

A tour guide could earn a minimum of Nu 30,000 per month during the peak tourist season in Bhutan. The income made was sufficient to support...

May 19, 2020 19:53

Covid-19 response must address gender-based violence, other rights of women and girls

“The social and economic stress that Covid-19 pandemic brings upon households places women and girls in vulnerable positions, burdening them...

May 12, 2020 16:46


Haa- Home of Ap Chundu, the omnipresent local guardian deity

Haa is one of the smallest districts in the country and is highlighted by the Wang chu Lo Dzong which is the administrative centre of the...

May 20, 2020 18:24

Convertible currency earnings hit

Bhutan was set to have one of the best years in tourism after the Lonely Planet in October 2019 recognised Bhutan as the number one travel...

May 19, 2020 08:32


Karma – Female Archer From Bhutan Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009.

Nov 30, 2019 13:18

Bhutan’s Pelden Wangchuk Wins 10th Edition Of Tour 0f Dragon Mountain Bike Race

This year, the race also saw the highest number of female participants compared to past years.

Sep 10, 2019 01:08


Celebrating Bhutan’s Entrepreneurs: Namkhar Gyaltshen Of Transcend Artisan

This story is part of an exclusive feature by Yeewong Magazine in Dec 2018 on celebrating entrepreneurship in Bhutan.

Mar 06, 2020 11:48

Centre Of Excellence For Software Engineering Launched By Bhutan’s Thimphu Techpark

The purpose of establishing this centre is to fulfil His Majesty the King’s vision of using technology to solve problems.

Feb 24, 2020 23:58


Wangdue Phodrang - The gateway to the far-flung corners of Bhutan

Known as Sha or east to the Bhutanese, Wangduephodrang district is an important gateway to the far-flung corners of Bhutan. The region, the...

May 27, 2020 08:47

Reasons Why Dagala Trek is Every Trekkers Dream

May 13, 2020 11:30


Food on Wheels- First of its kind in Bhutan

The World's Largest Fast Food Restaurant Chains doesn't exist in Bhutan.

Mar 04, 2020 09:39

Amazing Stories from the Eastern Part of Bhutan

You can't say you have visited the eastern part of Bhutan unless you have experienced the following bizarre things.

Mar 02, 2020 19:02

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!