Food Ladder expanded into Bhutan in 2019 after receiving funds from the Australian High Commission in New Delhi’s Direct Aid Program. The Bhutan Food Ladder is 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. The community is now able to access fresh produce on a daily basis, as well as developing a self-sustaining business by selling the fruit and vegetables to local markets and schools.