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PROJECT: Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture In Nepal

Project Reference: TAAS-0044

Nepal is a predominantly rural society, with 70% of the 27 million population relying on the agricultural sector as their primary source of income. Agriculture accounts for more than a third of the country’s gross domestic product. Recent temperature rises and reduction in winter rainfall are affecting productivity and the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations. The CDKN-supported project on Economic Impact Assessments of Climate Change in Nepal identified agriculture as highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Though many potential low- and no-regret climate change adaptation options for the agriculture sector exist at the small scale, the Ministry of Agriculture has identified a need to scale-up these practices. CDKN, through this project, is addressing major barriers to scaling-up climate-smart agriculture, and utilising specific opportunities to scale-up practices, which are proven to be viable and maximise climate compatible development benefits. The project entails a set of fully developed and costed pathways for up-scaling specific climate-smart agricultural practices. It includes a strong component of capacity building of local researchers and practitioners, and will disseminate new knowledge and learnings to the Government and other stakeholders to facilitate wider integration within the agricultural policy and programmes in Nepal. Some climate-smart agricultural practices will be piloted during the project, not only producing the evidence base to prove the utility of such practices but also providing direct benefits to the farmers involved in terms of more resilient livelihoods. Through this project, CDKN is aiming to:

  • Strengthen the evidence base on the climate compatible development benefits and viability for large-scale application of climate-smart agricultural practices
  • Facilitate scaling-up of climate-smart agricultural practices through the design and delivery of agreed scaling-up pathways;
  • Understand and assess existing institutional arrangements in place and to identify policy and institutional gaps / weaknesses for climate change considerations. In particular, identify areas of capacity building and strengthening for mainstreaming climate change in agriculture sector.

CDKN Funding: £550,000

Project manager: Hammad Raza (


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