Overview of challenging context
Nepal is a post-conflict country with a high level of agroecological diversity that provides unique opportunities for high-value commercial agriculture. However, there are a number of constraints that hinder the realization of this potential. These include (i) the lack of roads connecting farmers to input supplies and markets; (ii) weak supply chain connections between farmers and markets; (iii) the low availability of production technologies and inputs; (iv) undeveloped and poorly maintained irrigation facilities; and (v) a weak agricultural research and extension system. The recent abolition of monarchy and the inclusion of the Maoist rebels in the government hold a promise for wider and deeper developmental efforts being possible.
IFAD program and project context with linkages to this one
Specific project linkages:
Poverty Alleviation Fund Project – Phase II: The project will help build the capacity of local grass-roots organizations. It will develop community infrastructure such as small-scale irrigation.
- CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF)
- International Development Enterprises (IDE)
- Department of Irrigation (DOI)