Nepal Agricultural Services Development Programme (NASDP) – Main Credit Phase 1


Agriculture in Nepal is characterized by low growth and productivity, yet it still is the mainstay for 66% of the rural poor people. The small farmers will improve their productivity, income and food security thanks to the strengthening of a decentralized and pluralistic extension and research system, receptive to their needs and demands. Built on previous SDC interventions and in line with Nepal’s Agricultural Development Strategy, this system will also enhance their social inclusion.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Nepal
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Sviluppo agricolo
Sviluppo della catena di valore agricola (til 2016)
Ricerca agricola
Sviluppo delle piccole e medie imprese (PMI)
Politica agricola
Creazione di occupazione
01.04.2014 - 31.12.2019
CHF 9'790'000
Contesto

The Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS) assessment indicates that one of the major reasons of low competitiveness in the sector is due to limited availability, access and adoption of relevant and modern technologies. While the ADS and the Nepal Agriculture Extension Strategy (NAES) foresee the establishment of a pluralistic and decentralised extension system relevant to farmer’s needs, this has been only partly realised. However, previous interventions of SDC and other partners show that considerable improvements are achievable in terms of productivity, diversification and outreach to farmers-including from disadvantaged groups. This is possible by increasing the technical and organisational capacity, coordination and approach of public and private providers of agricultural extension and research, such as the Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), District Agricultural and Livestock Development Offices (DADOs/DLSOs), the local Agriculture Forest Environment Committees (AFECs) and private agro-veterinary operators.

Obiettivi

Farming households, especially female-headed households and farmers from disadvantaged groups[1] increase their farm income, food security, resilience and social inclusiveness.

 

[1]     Disadvantaged Groups (DAGs) are defined in the Swiss Cooperation strategy as groups of economically poor people who additionally suffer from social discrimination based on gender, caste/ethnicity and regional identity.

 

Gruppi target

30,000 HH of which 18’000 from disadvantaged group and 8’000 de facto and de jure female-headed HH in the 9 programme districts, will benefit as receiver of rural advisory services from decentralised systems and plurality of actors.

Service providers: the public and private actors who will enhance their service delivery capacity through improved coordination, research and evidence based policy changes.

 

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1: Farmers use relevant know-ledge, information and technology to sustainably increase their productivity, and

Outcome 2: A decentralised and pluralistic research and extension system provides technologies and services as demanded and needed by farmers

 

Risultati

Risultati principali attesi:  

Output 1.1: Farmers have access to relevant knowledge, information and technology, Output 1.2: Farmers have increased capacity to use relevant, modern technologies and practices, Output 1.3: Farmers have increased capacity to participate and articulate their needs and demands in the planning and feedback processes at district and local levels; Output 1.4: Relevant technologies are available in response to market, migration and climate change, and Output 1.5: District Innovation Centers are established to foster collaboration between the public and private actors.

Output 2.1: MoAD, MoFALD have increased capacity for extension and research policy implementation, Output 2.2: DDCs/VDCs allocate adequate resources to support farmer-led innovations, Output 2.3: DDCs/VDCs and DADOs/DLSOs have established partnerships with qualified private agricultural service providers, Output 2.4: Partnerships for innovation have been established to address specific constraints related to research and extension in selected value chains and cross cutting issues as identified in NAGI and Output 2.5: NARC provides adapted solutions for female-headed households and addressing climate change.

 


Risultati fasi precedenti:  

NASDP is one project of the new, more strategic and comprehensive SDC approach – the Nepal Agriculture Growth Initiative – to support the government’s objective of making agriculture more productive and competitive. It builds on the experience and lessons of previous SDC support to agriculture, which has demonstrated that:

  • The existing structure of District Agriculture Development Committees (DADCs), DADOs/DLSOs and 1’300 Agriculture and Livestock Service Centers can be mobilized cost-effectively to better plan, facilitate and deliver extension services.
  • DADCs as well as AFECs can be effective for establishing participatory planning and monitoring processes for extension services, leading to a higher allocation of funds for agricultural development.
  • Outreach to farmers can be tripled by “Farmer-to-Farmer” (FtF) and similar approaches that have been at the core of SDC’s agricultural sector programme since the 1970s.
  • Considerable gains in productivity and income are possible with relevant and improved techniques, varieties and inputs, also for female headed and disadvantaged households (HHs).

 


Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata
Organizzazione svizzera senza scopo di lucro
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Settore privato straniero Nord


Altri partner

NAMDP, SIP, HGP, SBLL, LGCDP, SAMI and MSFP

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

DFID, EU, IFAD, JICA, USAID

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   9'790'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   7'293'821
Fasi del progetto Fase 99 01.04.2014 - 31.12.2026   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.04.2014 - 31.12.2019   (Fase in corso)