USAID Partnerships to Promote Agricultural Development in Nepal

Speeches Shim

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the expansion to Nepal of two successful Indian agricultural programs that promote food security and economic growth.

Under a partnership between USAID/Nepal and USAID/India, Nepali smallholder farmers’ access to mechanized farming technologies—such as low-cost attachments to tractors that increase farmers’ agricultural yields and income—will increase.  This partnership will also strengthen Nepal’s Agriculture and Forestry University and ensure that its curriculum focuses on the needs of farmers and agricultural markets.

Under the second program announced today, USAID will fund and support the Agriculture and Forestry University to identify research areas and develop curricula to help agriculture students better contribute to Nepal’s rural development and economic growth. The program with the Agriculture and Forestry University is based on a similar program conducted in India since 2010. Known as the Agriculture Innovation Partnership, it helped three leading Indian universities adopt innovative agricultural education curricula, extension management and research initiatives.  In Nepal, the program will transfer lessons learned from Indian universities to assist the Agriculture and Forestry University in better promoting the Nepali agriculture sector.  

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 6:45am