• Introduction

    Kisanka lagi Unnat Biu-Bijan Karyakram (KUBK)-Improved Seeds For Farmers Programme
    (ISFP) is the programme of Government of Nepal with the loan and grant support of International
    Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The goal of the KUBK-ISFP is to promote inclusive,
    competitive and sustainable agricultural growth within the target area such as to contribute to
    overall economic growth. The development objective of the Programme is to improve household
    incomes through sustainable, market-driven productivity improvements, with the aim of scaling-up
    an agriculture-led growth model. The Programme is designed to support two key constraints of
    agriculture sector hampering productivity: the improvement of formal seed (cereals and
    vegetables) and improvement of smallholder livestock (goats and dairy) in order to increase
    income of the poor rural households. This will be achieved by developing the partnership between
    farmer organisations and the private sector. The Programme will be implemented for a period of
    seven years starting from December, 2012 in two phases covering the districts Gulmi and
    Arghakhanchi of western development region and Rukum, Rolpa, Salyan and Pyuthan of midwestern
    development region. Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD) is the executing
    agency of the programme with Heifer International (co-financer), Agro Enterprise Centre (AEC)
    and Small Farmer Development Bank (SFDB) as implementing partners.During phase one, a total
    of 150,000 households from six districts including indirect beneficiaries from vulnerable groups
    are expected to be moved out of poverty. As a result of the investment in the seed and livestock
    industry, the potential impact on the wider farming community of the hills region is considered to
    comprise an additional 200,000 households from the programme and non-programme districts.


  • Development Objective

    The overall objective of the programme is to promote inclusive, competitive and sustainable
    agricultural growth within the target area such as to contribute to overall economic growth and to
    improve household incomes through sustainable, market-driven productivity improvements, with
    the aim of scaling-up an agriculture-led growth model.
    The specific objectives of the programme are:
    1. To increase the production of Truthfully Labelled (TL) improved seeds, which are marketed
    within and beyond the target area for increasing the productivity of crops;
    2. To improve productivity of livestock systems, which are more closely linked to markets, and
    3. To strengthen capacity of a broad range of rural institutions to provide sustainable services to
    smallholder farmers.



  • Specific Objectives

    The programme area encompasses four Districts (Rukum, Salyan, Rolpa and Pyuthan) of the
    Mid-Western Development Region and two Districts (Gulmi and Arghakhanchi) of the Western
    Development Region. It combines high poverty levels and relatively elevated population densities
    with significant agricultural potential for seed and livestock production, as well as the possibility of
    complementary activities with other development initiatives. All target districts are in the hills zone,
    and they include areas with the lowest Human Development Index (HDI) in Nepal, as well as
    poverty levels that are considerably above national rural average. Household consumption and
    income in the target regions are less than 70 percent of national levels, while perceived inadequacy of food consumption is 60 percent higher. Additional districts will be selected for
    phase two (Year 4-7).