Nepal

Country Profile
Nepal
In Nepal, Feed the Future targets investments in 24 Districts plus 25 Food for Peace Districts and focuses on improved market linkages of the rice, maize and high-value vegetable cultivation value chains for maximum impact on poverty reduction. These statistics reflect the challenges facing Nepal and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
28.5
Million
Number of people living in Nepal (World Bank, 2015)
Poverty
20.9
Percent
Percentage of population living below Nepal’s total poverty line in Feed the Future target regions (AHS, 2014)
Stunting
47
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions (MICS, 2014)
Rural
81
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Nepal (World Bank, 2015)
GDP
3.4
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 33.7% of added value (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
88.7
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$72
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural sales
Nutrition
1
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Nepal
Hectares
76.8
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$1.6
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
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. 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

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.

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Target Regions

Feed the Future target regions in Nepal