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. Weak growth in agricultural production and low crop yields have weakened rural economies, increasing urban and international migration and straining the ability of families to avoid malnutrition. Two out of every three Nepalese suffer from food insecurity at some time during the year and the prevalence of stunting for Nepal stands at 37.4 percent nationally while 47 percent of children under 5 are stunted in Feed the Future target regions.
The underlying causes of hunger, poverty and undernutrition in Nepal
Results by the Numbers
Nearly 88,700 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
Producers used improved technologies and management practices on nearly 77,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s
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 in September 2015 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
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Nepal.
Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)
Feed the Future Business Literacy Project