Mr. Vijaya Man Sthapit has MSc Botany from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, and has 25 years of experience working in International Enterprises in Senior Managerial positions related to commercial cultivation, production, and processing of essential oil crops.
His work in enhancing the livelihood of rural communities, training farmers and foresters in sustainable cultivation and harvesting, and utilization of essential oil plants for non-timber forest products (NTFP) is legendary.
Vijaya has a vast knowledge and experience in managing commercial distillation units, and in assisting farmers in design and establishment of field based distillation units.
He is also a leader in promoting cultivation and processing of essential oil crops, and in promoting high quality standards of production, and he is an ardent promoter of organic farming.
Vijaya is fluent (spoken and written) in Newari, Nepalese, Hindi, and English. He is currently employed with IDE Nepal, an International NGO, and is a Representative/Adviser to The Spice Journal.