Shockey, Ingrid K.
In the largely agrarian north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh pests, temperature variation, weather conditions and climate change are critical factors affecting the livelihoods of farmers and villagers. The rapidly changing environment is damaging crop production and food security in this region, and in turn driving residents to more urbanized areas to find reliable work. Our team studied the feasibility of an all-season plant nursery to help improve growing conditions and expand opportunities for personal or commercial farming in Himachal Pradesh. Using interview and fieldwork data we designed and built a plant nursery prototype and proposed a nursery trial system with the intent of preserving the culture and livelihoods that sustain this region of India.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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