Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world, and many are confined in poverty and their human rights are violated. UNNATI means “prosperity” or “progress” in Nepali, and the programme seeks to promote sustainable growth that reduces poverty and raises living standards.
Time Frame: 2014-2018
Budget: DKK 400 million
Agriculture is providing livelihood for three-fourths of the Nepali population and accounting for around one-third of the country’s GDP. Our vision with UNNATI is that farmers and agriculture entrepreneurs in Eastern Nepal will be able to sell and earn more, both regionally and globally, by improving the value chain and getting access to better finance, technology, and infrastructure.
The programme is divided into three focal components
UNNATI focuses on the commercialisation of the value chains within ginger, dairy, and organic tea products. The programme seeks to assists farmers to increase their competitiveness by improving product development, processes, production, marketing, sales, and distribution, which should lead to higher yields, better quality, higher prices, and increased exports.
In addition, access to finance is a major constraint for commercialisation of the agricultural sector; UNNATI therefore focuses on widened financial services for smallholder farmers and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
A major challenge that farmers in Nepal face is the country’s poor infrastructure. Getting products to markets is by no means an easy task. Therefore, UNNATI focuses on supporting local government‘s effort to improve infrastructure, so famers easier and cheaper can get their products to relevant markets.
We wish to create inclusive settings for growth and innovation by strengthening forums where the private - and public sector can enter into a dialogue on policy issues. We hope this will lead to increased investments and emphasis on corporate social responsibility, human rights, and labour rights. It is also an aim that the programme will create job opportunities for some of the many thousand young people that leave Nepal every day in search of jobs abroad.
Partners: Ministry of Agricultural Development, Department of Local Infrastructure and Agricultural Roads (Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development), Management Contractor – Orgut, United Nations Capital Development Fund, District Technical Off ices and District Development Committees, Nepal Rastra Bank, International Labour Organization and Nepal Business Forum
Geographic Focus: Ilam, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Tehrathum, Taplejung and Bhojpur.
UNNATI goals by 2020:
• 100,000 households with additional income
• 24,000 farms and enterprises financially benefited
• Net income of DKK 640 Million
• 240 additional full time jobs
• Changes in living standards
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