Lutheran World Relief is an internationally-recognized leader in transforming poor rural economies. In Nepal, our experienced staff and partners develop and implement programs that create linkages along value chains that benefit smallholder farming families. For example, citrus farmers in Nawalparasai district have more than tripled their income — from 20 ($0.20) rupees per kilo to 70 ($0.73) — after learning how to improve the quality of crops and quantity of yields, reduce post-harvest losses, and better negotiate bulk sales and market the produce.
We additionally have applied this methodology to help farmers commercialize their vegetable production in Nawalparasai and Lamjung. We also apply our expertise in the coffee supply chains to the Nepalese coffee sector, creating opportunities for small-scale producers, national stakeholders, and global exporters and buyers to connect and form productive, mutually beneficial relationships. We work alongside communities to help farmers replace decades-old farming methods with climate-smart sustainable solutions so they can grow high-value crops, such as cardamom and coffee, and improve yields and quality to ultimately generate higher income. We show farming families how to diversify the crops they grow and consume, and how to protect the land from environmental degradation.
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