KISAN II Project Launched

Knowledge-Based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN II) Project is a Feed the Future Initiative funded by USAID. Within the umbrella of Ministry of Agriculture and Development (MOAD), technical assistance for implementation of the project is provided by a consortium led by Winrock International and Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, extension and Development (CEAPRED) is a consortium partner. KISAN II is a 5 years project started in Aug 2017 and it is being implemented in 24 hill and Terai districts of 5 provinces (province 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) of Nepal.

 Launching the new five-year project presents an exciting opportunity to strengthen and grow Nepal’s agriculture sector. KISAN II is a significant expansion of KISAN’s proven graduated approach to market systems strengthening that assesses the needs of farmers, change agents, and private sector firms in Nepal and tailors technical assistance to advance each along a continuum of development from vulnerable to developing, commercially oriented, and ultimately, self-reliant and competitive. This approach aligns with the guiding principles for market systems development and will build on KISAN’s base of private sector partners, hundreds of local service providers, and 118,000 farmers who can serve as models for expanding a private sector-led approach. Expanding the project’s zone of influence and tapping into the newly energized, decentralized local governance structure, will allow the project to increase sales and incomes for 200,000 farmers and 650 enterprises and organizations, and strengthen sustainable market systems during the life of the project.