Promoting Climate Resilient Agriculture Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

Promoting Climate Resilient Agriculture Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) - Nepal

Client: IFC

Country: Nepal

Dates: April 2013 – March 2017

Lead office:  PAC South Asia

Description of Project:

Promoting Climate Resilient Agriculture has a four year time horizon for implementation and evaluation. This project aims to cover a total of 15,000 farmers and 3 Lead Firms engaged in the Rice, Maize and Sugarcane crop sectors.


Lead Firms: IFC has chosen to assist two sugar mills, two rice mills and one feed mill operations.  These Lead firms have direct business relationships with agrovets/dealers in the terai region. This relationship will be used to transfer and disseminate technical skills and services to improve farmer resilience to climate change. 
Farmers: The project will train farmers in all aspects of climate adaptive agriculture practices through the employment and training of 15 local extensionists to be embedded within the Lead Firms. The plan is to train 15,000 farmers over a period of 4 years, with the aim of directly impacting the sustainable production of rice, maize and sugarcane in the terai region. 


Lead firms will be used to arrange farmer training sessions. There will a gender specific outreach component of the project, as well as agrovet/dealer component (with focus on promoting Climate Resilient high yielding seeds, improved water management practices, ICT based weather/agronomics information system, and access to finance for these technologies). 

Work carried out by PAC team:

Practical Action Consulting South Asia has been contracted by IFC Nepal for this project. The proposed project would cover a total of 15,000 farmers and 5 Lead Firms engaged in the Rice, Maize and Sugarcane crop sectors.
The roles and responsibilities of Practical Action Consulting is as follows:
1. Project Implementation Practical Action Consulting needs to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the major components of the project as mentioned below.  
2. Engagement with Lead Firm: PAC will contract international and local consultants to work with the Lead Firms
3. Engagement with Farmers: PAC will be responsible for training farmers in all aspects climate resilient production of rice, maize and sugarcane through the employment and training of 15 local trainers to be embedded within the Lead Firms to reach 15,000 farmers.
4. Dissemination and Outreach: Practical Action Consulting will organize and manage market awareness and outreach activities together with IFC and the Lead Firms. Business associations can be leveraged as vehicles for this purpose.
5. Coordination with other components of the project
6. Follow-up, supervision, monitoring and reporting

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