Project Name Building Climate Resilient Community through Private Sector Participation: Pilot Project in Promoting Climate Resilient Agriculture
Outcome The expected impact of this project is to increase resilience and adaptive capacity of communities to climate variability and climate change in the agricultural sector. It is expected that farm based revenue of 9,000 farmers in the project intervention districts will be increased by 20% and productivity in the selected crops will be increased by 20% respectively. Specific targets to be achieved by the end of the project are:

  • 15,000 farmers will be trained. 5,000 for each crop which is rice, maize and sugarcane
  • 50% farmers trained will be women farmers
  • 60 lead farmer demo plot established
  • 3 lead firm demo plots established
  • 3 climate adaptive practices adopted by lead farmers
  • 12 procedures or practices developed for the private sector involvement in adoption of climate smart cultivation practices
  • 500 training event conducted
  • 9000 framers adapting at least one climate adaption practice
Expected Outputs/Activities
Output 1: 3 training modules developed for training of the farmers
  • Crop specific Package of Practice (POP) developed for maize, rice and sugarcane  
  • POP developed by inputs from national and international crop experts, climate change expert and other relevant resource person
Output 2: Training to farmers (15000) and adoption of practices by 9000 farmers
  • Training events planned and organized in collaboration with the private firms for short and long term sustainability
  • Target of 50% women farmers
  • Follow up with the farmers on adoption of the technology
  • Training events linked with government and other stakeholders
Output 3: Lead farmer demo plots will be established
  • 60 lead farmers demo plots will be established for higher scalability and adoption among farmers
Output 4: Market linkages will be established for all the three crops
  • Market mapping done to understand the areas of possible intervention for better market coordination
  • Facilitating role for market development
Output 5:  Private Sector development
  • Private sectors will be linked with farmers for two way benefits
Key achievements
Output 1
  • Three crop specific POP was published for rice, sugarcane and maize incorporating all the climate resilient practices recommended by the project which is beneficial for farmers
  • POP used as the training material for the farmers. Extension staff uses POP to train the farmers
  • Flipcharts and posters  are extracted from the POP and are distributed to the farmers for future reference
  • Farmers’ guidebook for all three crops is getting prepared with the reference from POP which is to be given to all the trained farmers.
Output 2
  • Regular trainings has been conducted based on the POP to the farmers of all three crops
  • Training is provided by the extension staffs of respective crops
  • Training session is based on the crop cycle and is divided into two modules. So in 1 training session (which is one crop cycle) farmers gets training two times which helps in follow- up and adoption as well
  • Till date 8500 farmers has been trained so far.
  • Above 30% participation of women in training programs
  • Exposure visit to the trained farmers
  • Special training to leader farmers for sustainability
Output 3
  • Different practices and varieties of the crop promoted by the project are demonstrated in the demo plots.
  • Till date 104 demonstration plots have been established.
  • Reason for exceeding the target number is to encourage more number of farmers to adapt the practices by seeing the positive and beneficial impacts from the project established demonstration plots.
Output 4
  • Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) approach has been followed for intervention strategy to link the markets for the poor farmers
  • Market mapping followed by traders’ orientation and then the participatory traders’ workshop for maize was conducted
  • Following the workshop few areas of intervention was identified where the project team acted as a facilitator to improve the market situation for the farmers
  • With the project intervention, gate price is now being sent to the project farmers via SMS by Nimbus, lead firm of Maize. The farmers are now more informed about the market price and situation.
  • Market mapping for rice has been done and now a workshop is planned to identify the intervention strategy for strong linkages of the rice farmers with their market.
Output 5
  • Farmers catchment area has been defined by the project so that the private sector will identify its potential suppliers
  • Farmers database has been provided to the lead firm so as they can contact directly with the framers and can have direct and defined suppliers
  • Relationship between farmers and private sector improved so that a mutual win-win situation is developed for long term sustainability
Geographical Activity Area Biratnagar cluster: Morang and Sunsari Birgunj cluster: Bara and Parsa
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Duration 15th July 2013 to 14th July 2017
Budget USD 1,030,067
Executing/Implementing Agency/ Lead government stakeholder Practical Action Consulting
Key government agencies involved
Funding Agency IFC- International Finance Cooperation
Development Partner CCAFS (Knowledge Partner)
NPD/NPM
Team Leader •    Moushumi Shrestha, Project Manager
Communication Focal Person •    Milan Kumar Joshi, Project Coordinator
Contact Information Practical Action Consulting
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