Ottawa, 25 August, 2015. A recent research article published by a team of scientists lead by a CFFN scientist reports that utilization of farm yard manure (FYM) and cropping fodder grasses help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural fields. Dr. Bharat Shrestha, an environmental researcher affiliated to CFFN, and his team evaluated the soil organic matter (SOM) quantity and quality in a long-term experimental farm in southern Norway. The experimental farm has been operational since 1953 with 6-year crop rotation cycles testing different crop combinations and different rate of nutrient applications. Another tillage experiment was started in 1983 with no-tillage and conventional tillage in the same experimental farm. They collected soil samples in summer of 2009. Soils were evaluated for physical and chemical soil parameters focusing mainly on different carbon species. They quantified the abundance of labile and recalcitrant carbon species in soil samples utilizing an advanced technology called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in an Italian university.
The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 has caused the death of over 7,000, injured tens of thousands and rendered millions homeless. The cost of rebuilding has been estimated to exceed USD$5B – a staggering amount for such a poor nation. For the Nepalese people this is the greatest crisis in their lifetime.
CFFN wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and extent our sympathies to all affected.
CFFN has begun raising funds to help with the aftermath of the earthquake. These funds will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross which has been involved in managing relief efforts in Nepal from the beginning.
The three child-care centres currently receiving CFFN support have been spared and will continue to operate.
CFFN will continue to support long term developments in Nepal despite such a staggering setback.
Stay Strong Nepal!
CFFN is pleased to announce that a sum of $2200 was raised through various means and donated to the Canadian Red Cross. With the Canadian government matching the funds, we were able to make $4400 worth of impact in Nepal! We would like to make special mention of Jason Dai and Amanpreet Minhas for their generousity.
Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) held its eighth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Ottawa Citizen Hall Conference Centre with the moderation of Bishwa Regmi, Executive Secretary.
The program was commenced with the welcome speech of Govinda Dahal, Executive Director. After this, the agenda was presented, discussed and approved. Continue reading