Solar greenhouse technology for food security : a case study from Humla District, NW Nepal

Fuller, Robert and Zahnd, Alex 2012, Solar greenhouse technology for food security : a case study from Humla District, NW Nepal, Mountain research and development, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 411-419, doi: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00057.1.

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Title Solar greenhouse technology for food security : a case study from Humla District, NW Nepal
Author(s) Fuller, Robert
Zahnd, Alex
Journal name Mountain research and development
Volume number 32
Issue number 4
Start page 411
End page 419
Total pages 9
Publisher International Mountain Society
Place of publication Bern, Switzerland
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1994-7151
Keyword(s) greenhouse
solar energy
food security
northwest Nepal
Summary Food security is a significant issue for many people who live in remote mountain areas around the world. Most of these people are also poor because of the lack of opportunity to earn cash. Malnutrition is common because the harsh climate restricts production and access to fresh food. Simple conventional greenhouses can provide some improvement of growing conditions, but the benefits are limited because of the high heat losses from these structures. Solar greenhouses, however, which are designed to store some of the heat generated within the structure can overcome these limitations. This article describes the experiences of a nongovernmental organization that has been introducing community and family-owned solar greenhouses into the remote villages of Humla, a mountainous district of northwest Nepal prone to food insecurity. The overall result has been positive. Family-owned greenhouses, which avoid the issues of community ownership and operation, have been more successful. A validated computer model based on the first solar greenhouse has been used to predict the thermal performance of a new family-sized design. Training and education are vital to the success of solar greenhouse technology in remote mountain areas.
Language eng
DOI 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00057.1
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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