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Feed the Future works in 21 districts, including in the Lumbini, Karnali and Sudurpaschim Provinces, with 4 earthquake-affected districts in the Bagmati Province.

Feed The Future Impact

  • 35%
    Estimated reduction in the prevalence of poverty in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011  

Value Chains

  • Vegetables
  • Lentils
  • Goats
  • Maize
  • Rice
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  • 7.0 Percent

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 24.3 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 80 Percent

    Percentage of population living in rural Nepal (World Bank, 2019)

  • 47 Percent

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2014)

  • 20.9 Percent

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2014 (AHS, 2014)

  • 6.9 Million

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future Interim Survey, 2015)

Our Strategy


Engage the private sector in agricultural value chains


Promote value chain growth and diversification


Increase incomes


Enhance food security


Strengthen resilience to shocks


Improve the nutrition of women and children

Our Progress

  • 172,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • $75.7M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Nepali farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY19

  • 1.8M

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

  • 49%

    Increase in the prevalence of children under the age of 2 receiving a minimum acceptable diet in Nepal since 2011

Our Work

Despite Nepal’s agricultural potential, more than half of Nepali households suffer from food insecurity. The prevalence of stunting for Nepal stands at 36 percent nationally, and 47 percent of children under 5 are stunted in Feed the Future target regions. Feed the Future works with private sector partners and the Government of Nepal to help men, women, youth and marginalized group members transform from subsistence farmers into more resilient and prosperous participants in Nepal’s food system, from farm to table.

Agriculture-Led Growth and Private Sector Engagement

The underlying causes of hunger, poverty and malnutrition in Nepal include low agricultural productivity, weak market connections and coordination, poor infrastructure and inadequate government resources. Gender, ethnicity and caste relationships also play an important role in food security as a majority of women and many marginalized group members (who often do not have access to their own land, cash or other assets) work in agriculture.

Despite these difficulties, there are many opportunities for agriculture-led growth in Nepal. Feed the Future emphasizes a multi-sector approach to developing market systems in Nepal, with an emphasis on greater private sector engagement.

Efforts include partnering with over 100 private companies to leverage their own investments and expertise. Through these partnerships, the private sector extends its reach to rural areas to provide services like agricultural training, increase access to better inputs and technologies, such as improved seed varieties and agricultural equipment, and directly connect farmers to markets.

Feed the Future uses a market-led approach, in which it works with market actors--from farmers to salespeople--to strengthen business relationships and increase access to quality agricultural products. This approach has generated significant yield increases in Nepal for rice (26 percent), maize (17 percent), lentils (18 percent) and vegetables (101 percent) from 2018 to 2019.

In 2019, Feed the Future helped farmers and private sector firms access more than 11,000 loans, totaling $11.4 million from financial institutions, to expand production systems and businesses.

Addressing Health and Nutrition Challenges

By addressing health and nutrition challenges, Feed the Future aims to improve the nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children under 2 years old. Feed the Future helps improve their access to and consumption of diverse, nutritious foods by encouraging kitchen gardening and backyard poultry farming. When coupled with training on nutrition and hygiene and sanitation, these activities can drastically improve the health of Nepali women, giving them the opportunity to become more economically and socially empowered.


These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Peace Corps reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2019 (FY19). Impact data for poverty statistics come from the 2015 Nepal Interim Assessment Report, originally collected through the Nepal Annual Household Survey in 2013-2014 (poverty) and stunting and food security data come from the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2016. For more information on the indicators above, please view the Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Nepal.

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  • Business Drivers for Food Safety Activity
  • Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Phase III
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition
  • Feed the Future Nepal Integrated Pest Management
  • Heat-Stress Tolerant Maize for South Asia
  • John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program
  • Karnali Water Security Activity
  • Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal
  • Nepal Seeds and Fertilizer Activity
  • Peace Corps
  • Suaahara II (Integrated Nutrition Program II)

Related Resources

November 29, 2018

Feed the Future Nepal Country Plan

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April 20, 2017

Feed the Future Nepal Zone of Influence Interim Assessment Report

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May 19, 2015

Nepal Feed the Future Baseline Report

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November 2017

Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2016

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