IFAD supported projects contribute to agricultural productivity in Nepal: Report
December 19, 2019 06:30 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Rural development projects financed and supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increased agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Nepal, claimed a report prepared by the IFAD.
The report reviews the joint work of IFAD and the Government of Nepal over the past seven years, covering eight projects for the total cost of USD 206.7 million. The evaluation report highlights achievements as well as issues that still need to be addressed.
"We are determined to continue supporting the government in its efforts to improve food and nutrition security for rural families, while building on lessons learned to improve the impact of our efforts," said Donal Brown, IFAD Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department.
According to the report's findings, IFAD has helped increase the productivity of small farms by focusing on improved production of high-value crops, such as spices, off-season vegetables, fruits, cereal and dairy products.
"The results of the evaluation give us further evidence that supporting producers in developing high-value agricultural products that correspond to market needs can help them to generate a profit. Also improving market infrastructure and producers' access to markets leads to improved outcomes," said Brown.