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Project Description

The project Development of an agriculture resilient to climate change in Nepal (Sviluppo di un’Agricoltura Resiliente ai Cambiamenti Climatici in Nepal) aims at supporting the agriculture activities in the Nepalese Districts of Sindhuli, Kavrepalanchok and  Sindhupalckokin, given their importance especially with regard of the 2015 earthquake recovery phase.

The project started in March 2017 for a duration of 24 months, with a total budget of € 757.038. It is implemented by punto.sud in partnership with two Italian NGOs (the lead agency ASIA – Association for International Solidarity in Asia and Istituto OIKOS) and the Nepalese organisation CEAPRED (Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development) and is co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).

The expected results are the following:

  • Increase the market share of traditionally agricultural products (vegetables and seeds), in compliance with the Nepal’s Organic Certification guidelines, through the creation of a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS);
  • Spread conservative agricultural practices with a low environmental impact in terms of carbon footprint and water consumption for the production of traditional agricultural products.

The project is thus primarily aimed at strengthening good practices for a sustainable agricultural production, adopting an inclusive approach in favour of market-oriented food security model. The action’s challenge is to develop higher quality of food with less use of natural resources and chemical inputs. This will be pursued along with a constant effort to increase producers’ incomes with the establishment of a certified production-system.

Results to be achieved

  • A Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) regarding the food chains object of the project (vegetables and vegetable seed) will be coded through the direct involvement of farmers and private companies;
  • At least 2,250 farmers (of which at least 50% of whom are women) will become members of 140 production cooperatives created during the project implementation period and their production will increase by 30% (measured on a unit area t/ha);
  • PGS Products (seeds and vegetables) will be on the market reaching 5% of the entire project market area;
  • Sustainable environment-friendly techniques (i.e. with regard of the climate change) are promoted, adopted by at least1,500 farmers (including a direct financial support ensured to at least 50 small pilot actions) and good practices are spread among private and institutional stakeholders.

punto.sud's role

In the frame of a co-ordinated strategy, punto.sud is mainly in charge, of the following activities (component 4 of the project):

Assessment study

Analysis of the production determining factors with the aim to identify good and bad practices:

  • Analysis of farmers productivity;
  • Definition of the framework conditions which influence farmers’ productivity (for appropriate targeting);
  • Systematization of results;
  • Support to project’s dissemination activities.

Direct support

Development of the financial support scheme (pilot small-projects):

  • Development of procedures (selection, award criteria, informative sessions, etc.);
  • Management of the financial scheme (award);
  • Organisation of training (selected group of producers and farmers who have not fulfilled the financial support scheme requirements);
  • Follow-up of about 50 grants (development of 50 pilot micro-projects);
  • Identification of essential information for the development of future activities;
  • Support to project’s dissemination activities.

 

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Project Details

Title   Development of an agriculture resilient to climate change in Nepal (Sviluppo di un’Agricoltura Resiliente ai Cambiamenti Climatici in Nepal)

Country   Nepal

Donor   Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS)

Budget Line   Bando OSC 2016

Reference Number   51

Sectors   civil society, social business, agriculture, climate change, environment

Implementing Partners

  • ASIA (I), leading agency
  • Istituto Oikos (I)
  • CEAPRED (Nepal)

Overall project value   EUR 757.038

Proportion carried out by punto.sud   EUR 103.032 (13,6%)

% of donor’s funding   74,51%

Dates (start/end)   March 17 – February 19

Beneficiaries

  • 4,500 farmers (of which 50% women) in each district of intervention: Sindhuli, Kavrepalanchok and Sindhupalchok
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