USAID launches $24.5 million Feed the Future Nepal Agricultural Inputs ActivityWith up to $24.5 million in funding, this activity will work to streamline access to agricultural inputs and contribute to the overall agricultural development of the country, the USAID stated.
The Government of Nepal and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly launched a new activity—Feed the Future Nepal USAID Agricultural Inputs—on Friday.
With up to $24.5 million in funding, this activity will work to streamline access to agricultural inputs and contribute to the overall agricultural development of the country, the USAID stated.
According to the development agency, the five-year activity will focus on four critical agricultural inputs—seed, fertiliser, irrigation, and agricultural mechanisation—in 16 districts from Sudurpaschim, Karnali, Lumbini, Bagmati, and Madhesh provinces.
“USAID is a longstanding partner for economic growth and prosperity and Nepal is a priority country for the Feed the Future initiative under the Global Food Security Strategy,” said USAID Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia Michael Schiffer, speaking at the launch.
“I am excited to be here today to launch this opportunity because this is not just about increasing productivity; it's about empowering smallholder farmers, reducing poverty, and raising rural incomes."
He added that it's about creating an inclusive growth model that benefits the Nepali people and that it is about creating jobs, stimulating economic development, and making a meaningful difference in the lives of local communities.
According to the US agency, the activity is expected to benefit over 200,000 farmers and their families by improving their access to modern agricultural inputs and technology. "This will lead to increased productivity and incomes, reducing poverty and improving food security in Nepal," it said.