A Glimpse of CEAPRED

Established in April 1991, CEAPRED is a leading national developmental NGO of Nepal. It is probably the first non-governmental organization in the country to work on agricultural sector. Ever since its establishment , CEAPRED has consciously and consistently focused on sustainable poverty reduction and enhancement of food security and livelihoods of the poor, disadvantaged and deprived families, including small and marginal farmers, of rural Nepal. CEAPRED’s approach to poverty reduction consists of promotion of new and better economic and livelihood opportunities at the local level and linking these opportunities to the markets. Some examples of CEAPRED’s initiatives, which have been most widely recognized and referred to, include commercial off-season vegetable production program launched in eastern Nepal in the early 90s and commercial vegetable seed production program currently in operation in several districts of Nepal.

Over the past nearly two and half decades of its operation, CEAPRED has implemented 70 development projects, most of which concern with income and employment generation through commercial high- value agriculture and agro-enterprise promotion. Creation and expansion of new market infrastructures and channels and strengthening the commodity value chains have been an integral part of the project strategy. CEAPRED has directly worked with around 170,295 families in 60districts of Nepal. The incomes earned by the participating families are estimated at several billion rupees annually. Over the years, CEAPRED has grown in institutional and professional strength, size and coverage. CEAPRED has its own built and well-equipped central office premises in Lalitpur and moderately equipped rented field offices in 22 districts managed by more than 305 full-time staff. Currently, the annual financial transaction (budget) of CEAPRED is equivalent to US$1.6 million.