Nepal Smallholder Market Initiative Project (SIMI)

PROJECT LOCATION 24 Districts

Lalitpur, Kaski, Banke, Kavre, Tanahu, Nawalparasi, Syangja, Palpa, Gulmi, Argakanchi, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Bardia, Kailali, Dadeldhura, Doti, Lamjunj, Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, Dahnkuta, Tehrathum, Humla, Surkhet
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 15
OTHER STAFF 9
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR USAID through Winrock International
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 383
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS 6113
START DATE (Month/Year) July 2003
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) September 2009
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES US $ 1,244,765
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:  
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Mr. Bhuvan Raj Bhatta was responsible for monitoring and supervision of the project activities.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The Nepal - SIMI focuses on irrigated production of cash crops as an entry point for increasing smallholders’ market participation, leading to increased income and improved livelihoods. Winrock International as a lead organization together with CEAPRED, International Development Enterprise (IDE) and SAPPROS has been laying their efforts in bringing smallholders from subsistence farming to commercial production - fulfilling the promises of Nepal’s 20-year Agriculture Perspective Plan (APP) and the ongoing Three Year Interim Plan (2008-2011) to alleviate poverty through income generation. The SIMI effort was a part of an International SIMI Network (SIMI Net) seeking to scale up this initiative to other parts of the developing world.

The Nepal - SIMI was helping smallholders to gain control over available water resources through the use of low-cost micro-irrigation technology (drip, sprinkler, water harvesting, treadle pump and shallow tubewell systems), support smallholders in the cultivation of fruits, vegetables and other high-value crops for which expanding market opportunities exist and for which they have a comparative advantage, systematically identify constraints that limit smallholders’ access to appropriate, affordable inputs and profitable output markets, facilitate private sector, market-driven solutions to the constraints identified through out the value chain and work with local institutions to build their capacity and sustainability, facilitate the development of enabling policies and policy implementation to ensure that the farmers can take advantage of sound economic opportunities, and develop and demonstrate hybrid drinking water systems.

The project has benefitted poor smallholder farming households below the poverty line through increased on-farm income. The goal was to enable smallholder farmers to earn an average sustainable additional net annual income per household of $ 100.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Awareness creation
  • Social mobilization
  • Capacity building of enterprising groups
  • Institutional development of newly formed cooperatives through training and human resource development
  • Strengthening institutional linkages