Japanese Assistance for the Improvement of Agriculture and Marketing in Kavrepalanchok District Kathmandu
The Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Masashi Ogawa, signed a grant contract for US$ 380,327.00 (approximately 39 million NRs.) with Maiko Kobayashi, Country Representative of AMDA Multisectoral and Integrated Development Services (AMDA-MINDS) for improvement of agricultural production and marketing in the earthquake-affected communities in Kavrepalanchok District.
The support was made under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects Scheme for FY 2017, and will be implemented by AMDA-MINDS, an international NGO based in Okayama, Japan. AMDA-MINDS will work with a local partner NGO, SAGUN. The grant assistance will be used for the project aiming at income generation among local people of Roshi Rural Municipality of Kavrepalanchok District who were severely affected by the earthquake of April 2015.
This assistance is expected to accelerate rebuilding their daily lives. The project will implement the following activities: (1) provide local farmers with technical skills on the cultivation of high value crops, using less chemicals; (2) promote better access to water for daily use and agriculture with supporting construction of water supply systems, and (3) capacity building of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) for sustainable marketing and trading.
This is the second year of a three-year project in Sipali-Chilaune and Walting, Ward Nos. 8 and 10 in the Roshi Rural Municipality. The Embassy of Japan in Nepal expects that the project will contribute to improve productivity of agricultural commodities and also revitalize the lives of people in Kavrepalanchok District. The Embassy also hopes that the project will enhance the friendly relationship between the peoples of Japan and Nepal.