Seed, fertilizer, and irrigation are the major inputs that drive improvements in agricultural productivity. High-quality seed, alone, contributes a 15–20 percent increase in output levels. For major cereals, the key constraints facing Nepalese farmers are lack of access to high-quality seed and rates of seed replacement of less than 10 percent.
Food safety is interlinked with food and nutritional security. Growing urbanization, increase in income, change in taste preference and consumer preference have led to increase in demand for safe food.
In April 2015, Nepal experienced a catastrophic earthquake of 7.6 magnitude, followed by more than 300 aftershocks causing about 9000 casualties and 22,300 injuries. The earthquake not only made a significant impact on the country’s immediate food and nutritional security situation, but caused damage during the harvest season for wheat and maize, with a likelyRead more
Konark Sikka is an intern with IFPRI- South Asia office Agriculture being major source of livelihood and employment in Nepal, and is effected by low productivity, traditional farming practice and lack of connectivity with markets. Fragmented landholding with limited access to market and knowledge to sell its produce results in slow progress. Promotion of contractRead more
Eighty percent of the population in Nepal lives in rural areas and depends heavily on agriculture as a source of income and employment. With changing monsoon patterns, and the effect of drought and floods in various regions, the impact of climate change is visible in the agricultural food chain. Consequently, ensuring food security and farmers’Read more
Parul Tyagi is Research Analyst with PHN in New Delhi office Improving agricultural productivity can be an effective way for developing countries to achieve economic growth and reduce poverty. However, can agricultural development translate into reductions in undernutrition? In Nepal—where agriculture is the major source of livelihood, and undernutrition continues to be a staggering problemRead more
This entry is cross-posted on IFPRI’s ReSAKSS Asia website. If you’d like more information please visit www.www.resakss-asia.org Agricultural productivity has been declining in Nepal for several years. Forty three out of 75 districts suffer from food deficits due to decreasing food production. The country which used to be a food surplus has now become aRead more
Drawing on rigorous research and sound evidence, IFPRI’s today released 2012 Global Food Policy Report discusses major food policy developments in 2012 like the increase of agricultural research and development funding, progress toward a green economy, and the drivers of future global food security.Contributing authors P.K. Joshi, director of IFPRI South Asia, and Senior ResearchRead more