Krishna Bhandari served as a MESA intern from 2005 to 2006. Upon returning to Nepal, Krishna realized the need local organic farmers had for a separate market for their products. He saw that organic farmers were often forced to sell their vegetables, fruits, and livestock products at the same price as conventionally grown products due to a lack of consumer awareness of the health and environmental impact of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Krishna set out to establish a local organic product store in Pokhara, Nepal, a tourist destination and, therefore, promising location. With the development of this locale, Krishna hoped to show the market viability of organic farming and encourage more local farmers to go organic.
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