Agriculture

Assignment name:

1. Evaluation of the Project for Agriculture Commercialization and Trade (PACT) in Nepal

Sources of project funds:Strengthening National Planning and Monitoring Capacity (SNPMC) NPC-UNDP

Narrative description of Project:
The overall objective is to assess completeness, relevancy, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of Project for Agriculture Commercialization and Trade (PACT) in Nepal. The specific objectives of the project are:
a) To evaluate PACT (commercial farming and trade) plans and implementation strategies
b) To evaluate the level of completeness of the PACT (commercial farming and trade) project


2. An Action Research on How Agricultural Extension Services can be Improved Cost Effectively

Sources of project funds:International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)/JPAL

Narrative description of Project:
The specific objectives of this project are:
• To gather evidence based information on how agricultural extension services can be improved,
• To integrate respective communication strategies in its extension services delivery mechanism to cost-effectively reach Nepal's farmers


3. Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research activities in Nepal

Sources of project funds:Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)/ Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Narrative description of Project:
The project “Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research activities in Nepal” was a research capacity building project of Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)/ Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It aims on qualitative and quantitative analyses of the impact of climate change on food security as well institutional and local capacity building for climate resilience agriculture with priority on agro-advisories based on climate services.


4. Impact Assessment of Effectiveness of AICC's Communication Sources in Agriculture in Nepal (Phase I)

Sources of project funds: Agriculture Information and Communication Centre (AICC) Nepal

Narrative description of Project:
The overall objective of this study was to assess the impacts of the different communication sources Radio, TV and Print materials in agricultural extension services of Nepal to enhance production and productivity in crop and livestock sector as well as identify the areas for improvement in the future. The specific objectives of this study were:
a) Assess the socio-economic and farming characteristics of households
b) Assess the farmers’ preferences among different communication sources
c) Assess the awareness and adoption of different agricultural practices via these sources
d) Access the dependencies, exposure to media, their reliability, and their frequency, self confidence, working in the group and the satisfaction level with the induced services of AICCs’ communication sources


5. Impact Assessment of Effectiveness of AICC's Communication Sources in Agriculture in Nepal (Phase II)

Sources of project funds: Agriculture Information and Communication Centre (AICC) Nepal

Narrative description of Project:
The overall objective of this study was to assess the impacts of the different communication sources Radio, TV and Print materials in agricultural extension services of Nepal to enhance production and productivity in crop and livestock sector as well as identify the areas for improvement in the future. The specific objectives of this study were:
a) Assess the socio economic characteristics of farmers
b) Examine the accessibility of the farmers to new agriculture information through radio, TV and printed materials in different ecological regions
c) Determine the extent of adoption of agriculture technologies received by farmers
d) Examine the perception of farmers on relevancy of this communication sources agriculture program on agriculture production of the area.


6. Strengthening Generation and Dissemination of Climate-Based Agro-Advisories for Smallholder Farmers in South Asia

Sources of project funds: USAID/USA

Narrative description of Project:
In an effort to develop efficient mechanism of ICT incorporated agro-advisory service based on reliable and trusted sources and expertise, NDRI initiated this project with the support of USAID/DC. It envisions experience sharing and creating linkages with different institutions/organizations for scaling up climate services to smallholder farmers in Nepal. The usefulness of agro-meteorology advisories was increased with the technical expertise from India in order to enhance capacity, capabilities, and functionaries of farmers.
Objectives:
1. Enhance the institutional capacity for creating user-friendly agro-meteorological advisories
2. Establish and enhance appropriate ICT dissemination mechanisms
3. Empower smallholder farmers to utilize agro met-information


7. Better hatchery Management

Sources of project funds: SAMARTHA

Narrative description of Project:
The overall objective of the baseline was to produce robust, credible benchmark for farmers who have accessed fingerling from those nurseries who gave specialized feed to the hatchling. In particular, the objectives of study were to assess:
a) Outreach – the number of people recording a positive increase in real income attributable to the intervention, taking into account the counter-factual, where necessary.
b) Net Attributable Income Change – the average increase in annual real incomes attributable to the program, taking into account the counter-factual, where necessary.
c) Poverty Profile – the proportion of people recording an increase in real income that can be classified as poor.


8. Field Assessment for Community Resilience Program

Sources of funds: Mercy Corps

Narrative description of the Project:
The study project was undertaken to know the drivers of food and livelihood insecurity along with the social inclusion, gender equality, health nutrition and sanitation situation in the selected five districts, focusing primarily on climate vulnerable households and those affected by deep poverty and high rate of malnutrition. The research approach adopted was rapid field assessment using Key Informant Interview (KII) and Focus Group Discussion (FGD) which was supplemented by Desk Review by thematic experts. Field reports were keenly analyzed using textual analysis and compared and contrasted with secondary information arrive at by desk review.


9. Fish Sub-sector, Feed and seed Intervention –Baseline

Sources of project funds: SAMARTHA

Narrative description of Project:
To assess the impact of the farmers who have accessed fingerling from those nurseries who gave specialized feed to the hatching. General objectives of the project are:
a) Outreach - the number of people recording a positive increase in real income attributable to the intervention, taking into account the counter-factual, where necessary
b) Net Attributable income change - the average increase in annual real incomes attributable to the program, taking into account the counter-factual
c) Poverty profile - the proportion of people recording an increase in real income that can be classified as poor


10. Fish Sub-sector, Feed and seed Intervention -Impact Assessment

Sources of project funds: SAMARTHA

Narrative description of Project:
To assess the impact of the farmers who have accessed fingerling from those nurseries who gave specialized feed to the hatching. General objectives of the project are:
a) Outreach - the number of people recording a positive increase in real income attributable to the intervention, taking into account the counter-factual, where necessary
b) Net Attributable income change - the average increase in annual real incomes attributable to the program, taking into account the counter-factual
c) Poverty profile - the proportion of people recording an increase in real income that can be classified as poor


11. National Adaptation Prioritization for Agriculture in Nepal

Sources of project funds: CCSAP-IWMI


12. Consolidation, up-scaling and Institutionalization phase II: UTF/NEP/059/NEP

Sources of project funds: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO)


13. Prioritization of Adaptation Options in Agriculture, ICT based Dissemination of Climate Information and Agro Advisories, and Yield Forecasting for Nepal

Sources of project funds: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)/Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)

Narrative description of Project:
Broad Scope: To influence both national policy and rural agricultural communities through research findings obtained through the proposed research work focusing following four themes which are in line with the CCAFS programme objective
• Objectives:
Component 1: Prioritization of Adaptation Options in Agriculture
a) Ex-ante assessment for prioritization of adaptation technology in Agriculture
b) Prepare database for decision support system (DDS) for prioritizing adaptation/mitigation intervention in agriculture (Prioritization toolkit)
Component 2: Yield Forecasting for Nepal:
a) Compilation of input dataset required for the CRAFT (soil, weather, crop management)
b) Calibration of CRAFT for rice and wheat for Nepal
c) Crop yield forecasting using the calibrated CRAFT
Component 3: ICT based agro-advisory services:
a) To disseminate climate awareness message to the farmers across the country
b) To pilot agro-advisory messages in Rupandehi district.


14. Livelihood Improvement through Agriculture Development: Baseline study

Sources of project funds: George Washington University

Narrative description of Project:
The specific objectives of the project were:
• To identify the issues in agriculture sector
• To assess the capacity of the local farmers for modernization of agriculture sector
• To assess the access the existing agro-inputs: seeds, fertilizers, technologies
• To list the high value crops farmers adopting and challenges Identification challenges in commercializing the traditional subsistence farming and provide the pragmatic recommendations


15. Food Security and Vulnerability to Climate Risk in Nepal: An Online Decision Support Tool

Sources of project funds: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)/Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Narrative description of Project:
The main aim of the project was to produce an easily accessible reference on risk due to climate variability and their current and potential impact on food security in Nepal, including a discussion of policy response options for adaptation and enhancing resilience. The specific objectives of the project were
• To develop annotated bibliography
• To assess the demand of climate data required by food security stakeholders


16. National IPM Programme in Nepal: Consolidation, up-scaling and Institutionalization phase II:UTF/NEP/059/NEP

Sources of project funds: UN-FAO


17. Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Project (HICAP) – Nepal, India and Pakistan

Sources of project funds: International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)


18. Developing an Atlas on Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in Nepal

Sources of project funds: UN World Food Programme (WFP), Nepal

Narrative description of Project:
The specific assignment of "Developing an Atlas on Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in Nepal" had been implemented jointly by UN World Food Programme (WFP), Nepal and NDRI under the partnership agreement. The partnership agreement aims to strengthen NDRI's capacity in conducting vulnerability assessments, food security monitoring, policy and livelihood analysis through conducting series of Specific Assignments in partnership with WFP thereby contributing to building national capacity to analyze and monitor food security and vulnerability in Nepal and improving WFP's response capacity.
The specific assignment includes preparation of web-based atlas of food insecurity and vulnerability in Nepal and baseline profiles of consumption, livelihood and security by established livelihood zones.

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