Unnati means wealth. The purpose is to improve Nepal’s production of vegetables and raise the farmers’ profit. They will be organised in four cooperatives, who will act as cohousing companies in Denmark.
The cooperatives aim to market the products and negotiate better price agreements with costumers, just as making common, cheaper purchase of seed. Today, farmers are disadvantaged people, who are forced into selling undercharged products, even though the demands are big in the main cities.
The farmers will get better access to small loans, and they will receive support in improving their products, both in quality and measure. CARE is also introducing organic methods of cultivation.
1.000 poor families are supported in improved production and profit from sale of vegetables. Four cooperatives are provided; the districts’ agricultural councils receive education and will be connected with the farmers.
At first, the project will be devised in marketing research. CARE is also implementing an analysis of gender to secure women’s rights in the project, which will help avoiding discrimination. 1.000 poor farmers, who own 0,3- 0,5 hectares of land, will be identified and engaged in smaller groups, which will give them a change to cooperate and learn from each other.
Pick-up points will be established for farmers to store their vegetables before collection. The small groups of farmers will be connected to four cooperatives, who will buy their production of vegetables and handle their interests in potential customers. The cooperatives are supported in becoming well-functioning and financial sustainable organisations.
Opportunities of loans, which adapt to the needs of the farmers, will be developed. CARE also aims to cooperate with local agricultural councils to secure that the farmers will receive better counseling.
The district of Sindhuli and Mahottari in central Nepal.
Duration and budget:
January 2013 until December 2015. The total budget is about 4,5 million kroner (600.000 euros)
Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED) and A non-profit organisation from Nepal.
Morten Fauerby Thomsen
+45 35 200 100