The Ithaka Institute

The Ithaka Institute for Climate Farming Nepal is an independent research and development foundation. It was founded in 2015 with its headquarter in Ratanpur, a rural mountain village between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The Nepali Ithaka Institute belongs to the international network of Ithaka Institutes dedicated to the research and project development for carbon sequestration and cycling through agronomic methods. The Institute is known for its expertise in production, post-production treatment and use of biochar and the establishment of highly productive forest garden ecosystems. We are engaged in several food security, soil fertility and reforestation projects in Eastern Asia.

The Ithaka Institute offers carbon intelligent solutions including the use of carbon-positive building materials, increased biomass production in the urban environment, fostering biodiversity, improving green water cycles and promoting carbon recycling.

The research foundation's laboratories are located in the forest and gardens of the world, where practical methods and strategies for an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable carbon farming culture are being developed. The comprehensive master plan ranges from soil activation, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration to ecostabilisation through biodiversity and mixed cultures and testing smart material cycles and alternative ways of producing bioenergy.

The Ithaka Institute disseminates most of its findings not only to interested groups but also to the general public through education, consultations, publications and the media.