Nepal

Country Profile
Nepal
In Nepal, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Nepal and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
6.8
Million
Number of people who live in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
32.5
Percent
Percentage of population living below Nepal’s total poverty line in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
45.2
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
82
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Nepal (World Bank, 2014)
GDP
5.5
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 34.3% of added value (World Bank, 2014)
Farmers
146
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$3.8
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
576
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Nepal
Hectares
68.5
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$706
Thousand
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Nepal has the potential to be a food surplus country

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

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 146,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on 68,500 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
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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.

  • Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)
  • Enabling Agricultural Trade
  • Feed the Future Business Literacy Project
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Integrated Pest Management
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on

Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Nepal.

Videos

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Nepal