Monday, 23 Sep 2019

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The High Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas (HVAP) is a market led initiative that seeks to provide income and employment benefit to poor small holder farmers, landless and agribusiness through development and upgrading of pro-poor value chains in the Mid and Far Western Region of the country. Following the Inclusive Business (IB) approach, the project focuses on facilitating mutually beneficial and profitable arrangements between the suppliers (Producers) and buyers (Traders) of high value commodity (HVC) value chains and inclusion of excluded groups. Based on the newly constructed three road corridors (Chhinchu-Jajarkot, Surkhet-Dailekh and Surkhet-Jumla), the project has been implemented in Dailekh, Jajarkot, Jumla, Kalikot, Salyan, Surkhet, and Achham districts; and will expand to Dolpa, Humla, and Mugu as the road extends thereby serving 10 districts of the Mid and Far Western Development Region.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the project is the reduction of poverty and vulnerability of women and men in hill and mountain areas of the Mid and Far Western Development Region and the project purpose is to integrate rural poor, especially women and marginal groups, in high value agriculture products and NTFP/MAPs value chains and markets and improved income, employment opportunities, and ability to respond to market demand and opportunities based on marketing agreements with private agribusinesses.

Expected project outcomes are:
  1. Improved commercial relations and partnerships between agricultural/NTFP/MAP market operators and producers result in profitable, efficient, market-orientated production of high value commodities for 13 500 beneficiary households.
  2. Increased participation and access of poor marginal producers in high value commodity value chains and agricultural/NTFP markets. Small poor farmers and other rural producers benefit from sustainable increases in volume and value of production as a result of improved production/collection, value addition and sales of high value niche market products.
  3. Enhanced environment and strengthened local capacity to support market driven/value chain initiatives.

Target Beneficiaries

The Project aims to benefit about 1800 traders and 13500 producer households directly and 37000 households indirectly, living in the Project Area. The target groups among the producers consist of the members of poor and vulnerable households who lack access to resources and opportunities. As such, the project has target to benefit 60% women and 25% socially disadvantaged groups such as Dalits and indigenous group (Janajatis) who are most vulnerable groups in the project area.

Project Areas:

The project covers three north-south road corridors: Surkhet-Chhinchu-Jajarkot (132 km), Surkhet-Dailekh (68 km) and Surkhet-Jumla road (232 km). The initial seven districts served by these corridors are Achham, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Jumla, Kalikot, Salyan and Surkhet. Further, the project covers three remote and high hill/mountainous districts Dolpa, Mugu and Humla as the road network expands. The figure no.1 describes the project area and road corridors.

Img:Project Areas (Corridors and Districts)

Project Components

There are three mutually reinforcing components; namely 1) Pro-Poor Value Chain Development; 2) Inclusion and Support for Value Chain Initiatives; and 3) Project Management. The figure no.2 shows the interrelationship of the project components.

project components

Fig: Project Components

Expected Impact

The project aims to achieve the following impact on the beneficiaries at the end of the project;
  1. Improved households assets ownership index;
  2. Reduced child malnutrition;
  3. Improved primary education and literacy rate;
  4. Increased food security period; and
  5. Increased participation of women, Dalits , Janajatis and other minorities.

Project Approach

The project adopts an Inclusive Business approach for Value Chain Development (Component 1) – with the other components directly supporting upgrading and inclusion through capacity building and establishment of funds (Component 2) and arrangements for project management (Component 3).

The project adheres to the following guiding principles:
  1. Demand driven value chain development: agribusiness with proven demand as the point of departure; inclusion of producers in the supply chain.
  2. Producer-agribusiness partnership in value chain development and enhanced bargaining power of producers.
  3. Collective marketing by producers: group / cooperative agreements with agribusiness. Inclusion of women, poor and vulnerable groups like Dalits and Janjatis in value chain groups.
  4. Sustainability of institutions (value chain groups and cooperatives) and processes (value chains that are profitable to both the agribusinesses/traders and the producers).
  5. Facilitate spatial as well as social inclusion and promote equity in project support among the ten participating districts.
  6. Partnership in implementation: implement the project primarily through local NGOs and local service providers with government/MoAD having overall responsibility and oversight and SNV taking the lead technically in guiding project implementation.
  7. Facilitate value chain group financing through a combination of sources: Agribusiness financing linked to agreed contracts, self-generated savings from group savings and credit schemes, loans from local Micro Finance Institutions, a project value chain fund for infrastructure/equipment investment, and a project production inputs fund to establish group revolving funds.

Implementing Arrangement

The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) has the overall responsibilities for the project implementation. It has been great advantage to the project for the coordination and collaboration for the effective implementation as the Project Management Unit (PMU) is based in Surkhet. Within the PMU, the SNV team is responsible for the pro-poor value chain development and the activities in inclusion and support for value chain initiatives, which is the integral part of the PMU and is based in the project office. Similarly, AEC officials are also responsible for implementation of the component one with the SNV team in close coordination with other project team. Most of the project services would be delivered by district based local NGOs, backstopped by the PMU and in close coordination with DADO/DLSO/DFOs of concerned project district. The project's collaborative framework comprises three main bodies: Project Steering Committee (PSC), HVAP Agribusiness Working Group, both Kathmandu-based, and an area-based Project Consultative and Coordination Group (PCCG) based in Surkhet. The following figures represent the institutional implementation arrangement and steps of programme implementation respectively.

Fig: Institutional Implementation Arrangement

Institutional Implementation Agreement 

Steps of Programme Implementation

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