Smart Policies and Practices for Shared Prosperity

High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement (HIMALI) - NEPAL

The High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement (HIMALI) with the grant assistance of the ADB is intended to increase the income and employment of high mountain people through the value chain development of their agricultural, livestock and Non Timber Forest (NTF) products and improve the rural household livelihoods in high mountain districts of Nepal. In addition it intends to facilitate access of the local farmers and entrepreneurs to improved production technologies and value addition. They will assist farmers and downstream businesses to strengthen linkages, take advantage of the gradual improvement in infrastructure, in order to realize the existing demand for mountain products. A demand driven approach will be used to mobilize interested producer groups, provision of support for quality improvement, value adding and product aggregation into quantities of scale sufficient to attract demand-side business, stimulate private sector agribusiness development, and reduce risk exposure to businesses investing in the high mountain districts. The project has three major components namely i) Mountain Agribusiness Development ii) Value Chain Capacity Development and iii) Management at central and district level.



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Asian Development Bank

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Running project

Description of actual services provided in the assignment

The impact will be improved incomes in high mountain areas. The outcome of the will be commercially viable mountain agribusinesses in selected high mountain districts. The is expected to result in (i) an additional $20 million gross production value per year; (ii) 7,500 jobs created by participating enterprises; and (iii) participating business enterprises achieving a rate of return on investment of no less than 15% per annum by 2017. The Consultant will facilitate achievement the outputs that include: (i) an increased number of mountain agribusinesses making use of agribusiness grants; (ii) mountain agribusinesses have knowledge and access to improved production technologies and value addition; and (iii) effective project management at the central and district levels, which are further elaborated below. Output 1is intended to increase the income of high mountain people through the value chain development of their agricultural, livestock and NTF products. The aims to achieve it by stimulating private sector agribusiness development through provision of Agribusiness Grant Assistance to eligible farmers, farmers groups, cooperatives, and other related entrepreneurs or enterprising bodies having qualified and commercially viable plans for production, product aggregation, quality improvement, processing, value adding and marketing. To achieve these outputs the will (i) organize promotional and communication campaigns such as trade fairs and workshops to mobilize and link value chain groups; (ii) provide technical advisory services for business plan preparation and its implementation; (iii) district level NGO services for promotional campaign and agri-business groups identification; (iv) facilitate due diligence process and documentation; and (v) facilitate and monitor implementation of agribusiness plans. To achieve Output 2, the will (i) rehabilitate Agriculture Development and Livestock Service offices in project districts; (ii) upgrade agriculture and livestock development technology centers; (iii) facilitate value chain technology demonstrations and public-private-partnerships at research stations and development farms; (iv) develop village nurseries for forage, community forestry, and breeder seed based on community plans for livelihood climate adaptation; (v) provide training and study tours for U and DPC staff (vi) include activities of the linked climate adaptation technical assistance; and (vii) provide training to partner farmers for inclusive agribusiness. Output 3 will be achieved through project management and administration and ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of the. The will also provide management consultants to the U, district NGO staff and agribusiness capacity development support to AEC and NGO staff in districts.


Project Reports Download
20120323 - ACI - HIMALI - P2 - INCEPTION REPORT.pdf-1417799966.pdf Download
20120323 - ACI - HIMALI - P1 - INCEPTION REPORT.pdf-1417799969.pdf Download
HIMALI - Annual Report - mid February 2012 to mid February 2013.pdf-1417799976.pdf Download
HIMALI Annual Report -I_2011_2012.pdf-1417799999.pdf Download
HIMALI Annual Report -II_2012_2013.pdf-1417800026.pdf Download
HIMALI P2 Final Report_ACI FINAL.pdf-1417800033.pdf Download


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