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