Project Areas of Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDP)


Apple Value Chain

Apple Value Chain


Ginger Value Chain

Ginger Value Chain


Goat Value Chain

Goat Value Chain


Honey Value Chain

Honey Value Chain


Walnut Value Chain

Walnut Value Chain


Orange Value Chain

Orange Value Chain


Off-Season Vegetable Value Chain

Off-Season Vegetable Value Chain


Timur Value Chain

Timur Value Chain


Turmeric Value Chain

Turmeric Value Chain


Dairy Value Chain

Dairy Value Chain



Project Introduction

IFAD has been amongst the Development Partners (DPs) engaged with the Government of Nepal (GoN) in the preparation of the 2014 Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS). The ADS sets a new and dynamic direction for driving agricultural sector growth in Nepal. IFAD and the GoN propose to apply the ADS principles to the development of the Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDP), building off the successful experience of the IFAD-financed High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) and other government and donor-funded, market-oriented Programmes in Nepal. The ASDP will be implemented within the framework of Nepal’s Federal states governance system, authorised under Schedule 4 of the new constitution adopted on 20th September 2015 and currently being established. These constitutional reforms involve a high level of State subsidiarity to a new municipal/ward structure, which will be responsible for agriculture and rural development in Nepal.  
The Goal of the Programme is to: contribute to the reduction of poverty and nutrition insecurity amongst women and men in hill and mountain areas of Province 6. The Development Objective is to: sustainably improve the income and food security of smallholders and disadvantaged rural groups involved in commercially-oriented production and marketing systems in selected high value agricultural value chains.  
Message From Programme Coordinator

Agriculture Sector Development Project is jointly funded by Government of Nepal and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as per the financing agreement signed 4th June 2018 and being implemented in 10 districts of Karnali province. The thematic areas of agriculture development intervention in this project are guided by ADS and IFADs Country Strategic Program (COSOP).  Project Coordinators office located at Surkhet under federal Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development is implementing this Project and provincial government, local level and  number of authorities, institutions of current three tier governance system, TA team from SDC are onboard to implement field level project activities.

Karnali province is characterized by difficult geography, low level of human and infrastructure development indices, dominated by high level of poverty, social exclusion, food and nutrition insecurity.  Agriculture markets i.e. input supply, service and output are poorly developed to drive market led agriculture production system which is key entry point to improve negative indicators of development in Karnali province. This province carries high potentiality and comparative advantage for production and marketing of diversified high value agriculture crops, such potentiality once exploited sustainably can bring significant positive changes in socioeconomic condition of people within a short period of time.

The agriculture sector development project is designed to contribute poverty reduction, improve food and nutrition security amongst small holders, women and men in hill and mountain areas of the province. ASDP is following value chain development approach for selected high value crops and absorb achievement, learning and experience of High Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas (HVAP) to achieve this end. Sustainable value chain development for high value crops demand to bring number of stakeholders together for collaboration, cooperation and coordination and make them to function harmoniously, thus it is pluralistic approach of agriculture development. The Program will further work on enabling more effective business relationships between agribusinesses and producer groups, co-operatives and building the capacity of these actors, across different value chains. 

Working in remote areas with poor people to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security is a challenging task however holistic approach for value chain development, previous learnings, and support from different stakeholders can really bring significant positive changes at the end of the project.  The ASDP team is fully dedicated to make this happen and expect cooperation and supports from all the concerned stakeholders.  

Rajendra Prasad Mishra
Programme Coordinator,
ASDP, Programme Coordination Office (PCO),
Surkhet, Nepal

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Selected Value Chain
  1. Apple
  2. Ginger
  3. Turmeric
  4. Goat
  5. Off-Season Vegetable
  6. Timur
  7. Honey
  8. Dairy
  9. Orange
  10. Walnut
  11. Potato
Project Area
  1. Surkhet
  2. Dailekh
  3. Kalikot
  4. Jumla
  5. Salyan
  6. Rukum
  7. Jajarkot
  8. Humla
  9. Mugu
  10. Dolpa
Project Component
Component 1, Value chain Development:
Sub-components
  1. Inclusive and sustainable agriculture value chains
  2. Market-oriented infrastructure
  3. Rural financial services for value chain development
  4. Agriculture services support innovation and value chain development
Component 2
  1. planning, monitoring & evaluation and Knowledge management