SPEED for Life: Spices and seeds value chain improvement for rural development in Nepal, enhancing women and youth empowerment

PROJECT LOCATION

Kavrepalanchowk, Sindhupalchowk districts

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

7

OTHER STAFF

1

NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AICS)/Association for International Solidarity in Asia (ASIA)

START DATE (Month/Year)

1st  November 2019

COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year)

31st October 2021

APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES

 Euro 311,625

NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:

 DAFNE

NAME OF THE FOCAL PERSON AT CEAPRED HEADQUARTER

Mr. Keshab Datta Joshi, Program Director

 

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:

CEAPRED in partnership with ASIA Onlus has recently started implementation of “SPEED for Life” project from 1st November 2019. It is 24 months project, which aims to support the livelihood of 3,500 small-scale farmers in the rural municipalities of Dhulikhel, Namobuddha, Temal, Helambu and Melamchi in Kavrepalanchowk and Sindhupalchowk districts by improving agricultural production and the sale of seeds and spices of high commercial value. The project activities will be carried out to improve the production of local varieties of seeds that will satisfy the demand in local markets, thus leading to an increase in the average income of the producers. Other activities are aimed at improving the production, marketing and primary transformation of spices with potential for export, such as ginger, turmeric and chili. CEAPRED in close coordination with ASIA will be responsible for implementing project activities in the field, engaging local authorities and ensuring local ownership of the development process.

In the long term, a change is expected regarding the living conditions of the populations of the target districts, who will be the key actors of socio-economic development in the agro-food sector. Through the increase of agricultural production, and consequently income, farmers will be able to support their families. They will also be able to take advantage of basic services, helping to develop the welfare system.