Set to be established in late 2019, Food Ladder is expanding into Bhutan after receiving funds from the Australian High Commission in New Delhi’s Direct Aid Program. The Bhutan Food Ladder will be situated in the remote village of Rukha, five hours from the nation’s capital, Thimphu.
Home to the Olep ethnic group, Rukha was originally a hunter gatherer community. As a result the majority of the 200 residents are unable to access healthy food due to the town’s isolation and the community’s lack of knowledge in traditional agriculture practices. By implementing the Food Ladder system the community will be able to access fresh produce on a daily basis, as well as develop a self-sustaining business by selling the fruit and vegetables to local markets and schools.