The goal of the project is to improve the lives of small farmers vulnerable to the effects of climate change by promoting diversified agricultural practices, strengthening their existing market networks and improving access to technology.
The project site is located in the most flood prone area of Nawalparasi district in Nepal, having encountered repeated water-induced hazards annually. Farmers suffer agricultural losses every year due to flooding, inundation and siltation. The goal of the project is to enhance farmer’s resilience in agriculture by adopting diversified farming so that they can protect their agricultural assets in the face of changing climate and environmental degradation. A total of 790 farming households in the flood vulnerable area will be the direct project beneficiaries with 3,950 indirect beneficiaries. The major production constraints for farmers include: lack of improved husbandry practices, lack of adoption of appropriate crop varieties, poor quality of products, low production, poor capital base of farmers for cultivation, lack of Integrated Plant Nutrient Management (IPNM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technology, high cost of production, lack of post-harvest management and storage facilities, lack of marketing facility and other recommended package of practices.
To increase the production of agricultural crops (major cereals, vegetables, fruits and pulses) in flood prone areas of Nawalparasi district.
To equip the farmers with knowledge and skills for profitable, and diversified agricultural farming including climate smart agriculture.
To establish linkage of farmer groups at least with regional level traders in order to ensure selling of agricultural produce and improve market information system.