Rice Research in Nepal: Current State and Future Priorities

PROJECT LOCATION Within Nepal
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 7
OTHER STAFF 6
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR Rockefeller Foundation
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 84
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS 72
START DATE (Month/Year) June 1991
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) May 1992
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES US $ 60,480
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:  
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Dr. Hari K. Upadhyaya was the Team Leader and was responsible for designing the study, data analysis and report writing.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The major focus of the study was to identify priority areas for future rice research in Nepal. The study assessed the agricultural research institutions and past trend of resource allocation to agricultural research, identified the major rice production constraints and the extent of yield losses caused by them at present, and estimated the ex ante rates of return to research.

The study also found that Nepal’s rice research programs have not contributed to increase the productivity of rice in the country. Physical-environment, socio-economic, institutional, technical constraints have affected rice production in Nepal.

The top five priority research problem areas found by the study were drought, blast, bacterial leafblight, brown leafspot and gundhibug. It was suggested that institutional and administrative factors must be improved to make Nepal’s rice research program effective.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

CEAPRED provided Team Leader, support staff and logistic supports to the project. The study was carefully designed survey instruments, collection of information, data analysis and report preparation.