The field team (Katie+Jessica+Bikash) returned yesterday from Dolakha having completed 79 household surveys, 18+ district level interviews, 10+ leading farmer/key informant interviews, 5 focus groups (organized and informal) and numerous informal interviews and observation experiences.
We were able to gather interesting and provocative data around several of our project topics including agricultural transition, technology adoption, issues surrounding relief, recovery and reconstruction, roles of ngo/ingo/government in aforementioned activities, market-oriented activities, and status of ecosystem and community services post-disaster.
On top of it all - we attended a Thamang wedding and funeral, visited Kalinchock (K+J), hosted our own house party (?!), suffered only minor leech attacks (Katie was the exclusive victim), performed an interpretive dance and rowdy version of 'the wheels on the bus' at the local school, and ate our weight in famous Dolakha potatoes. We made wonderful and warm connections, met a whole host of fascinating 'characters', and have ALOT of new facebook friends.