More than 70 percent of Nepal’s population works in agriculture, yet this South Asian country struggles to produce an adequate and affordable supply of food. Declining agricultural production has depressed rural economies and increased widespread hunger and urban migration. Two out of every three Nepalese suffer from food insecurity each year, and nearly half the population is undernourished.
The underlying causes of hunger, poverty and undernutrition in Nepal include low agricultural productivity; limited livelihood opportunities; weak market linkages; inadequate production and consumption of nutritious foods; poor infrastructure; and inadequate government resources. Gender and
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Over the past five years, the Government of Nepal has increased annual state investment in agriculture. In August 2015, the Cabinet approved a 20-year Agricultural Development Strategy, which identifies the private sector as an important engine for agriculture growth. A seed summit organized by the Ministry of Agricultural Development also outlined the importance of private sector engagement in boosting the country’s seed production and marketing system.
Addressing undernutrition is a major priority for the Government of Nepal. Nepal has been a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement since 2012, and its Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan aims to reduce the prevalence of child stunting
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Nepal.