Project summary

UNSW academics and students research how to sustainably produce agricultural products and improve irrigation infrastructure in Nepal.

Project outcomes

UNSW Engineering in partnership with Arizona State University are researching how to sustainably produce the agricultural product biochar, a charcoal soil additive used in farming. Research has shown that the weed commonly known as ‘mile-a-minute vine’ can be converted into biochar.

The second element of the project is focused on improving irrigation with solar-powered equipment.

In May 2017, a new irrigation scheme was installed in a local community and UNSW students are now modelling future design projects.

Make an impact

Contact A/Prof. Fiona Johnson for more information on this project.



Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Population of 28 million

14.5 hour journey from UNSW, Sydney

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United Nations Development Goals

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production