Market Access for Rural Development Program

PROJECT LOCATION Surkhet District
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 5
OTHER STAFF 26
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR USAID/CECI
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 285
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS 1482
START DATE (Month/Year) July 1997
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) March 2002
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES NRs. 45,842,275
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:  
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Mr. Dilli Baral, Project Leader and was responsible for study design, project implementation, survey supervision and monitoring of the project activities.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The major objective of the project was to reduce poverty through sustainable increase in income. The project focused on expanding the production and sale of high-value agricultural products, promotion of savings and credit groups, cooperatives for agriculture marketing and dairy development, promotion of non-timber forest products (NTFP), improvement of nutritional status of the pre-school children and promotion of women's economic empowerment activities.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

The staff of CEAPRED sensitized and motivated the farmers to form production groups for the production and marketing of high value cash crops. The staff also gave training to the members of production groups and cooperatives on production planning, post harvest handling and marketing management. The overall responsibilities of CEAPRED include group formation, training, planning, networking of groups and strengthening of the cooperatives.