Nepal is a severely food deficit country struggling to recover from a 10-year civil war. With a GDP per capita of $470, Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and the 13th poorest country in the world. Nearly 80 percent of the population works in the agriculture sector, accounting for 38 percent of the GDP. However, recent declines in agricultural production have depressed rural economies and increased widespread hunger and urban migration. Two out of every three Nepalese suffer from food insecurity each year.
The underlying causes of hunger, poverty and undernutrition in Nepal include low agricultural productivity; limited livelihood opportunities; weak market
Over the next five years in Nepal, Feed the Future aims to help an estimated 165,000 vulnerable Nepali women, children and family members—mostly smallholder farmers—escape hunger and poverty. In conjunction with the Global Health Initiative, more than 393,000 children will be reached with services to improve their nutrition and prevent stunting and child mortality. Significant numbers of additional rural populations will achieve improved income and nutritional status from strategic policy engagement and institutional investments.
Feed the Future Nepal will support the Government of Nepal’s efforts through balanced interventions in high value vegetable value