Feed the Future Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Project



NSAF seeks to increase national crop productivity as well as household-level food security and economic welfare. The project is funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via CIMMYT.

farmer working with hoe in field

Improving Quality Seed and Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) Knowledge, Access and Use

IFDC functions as a sub-grantee to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) under this project (2016-2021), with IFDC’s role focused on fertilizer and ISFM market development, private sector engagement, public sector policy, and extension. The broader project has both a seed component and an ISFM component. The seed component builds the capacity of the public and private sectors on market-oriented variety development, technologies for quality seed production, and seed business development. The fertilizer component updates ISFM and fertilizer recommendations, seeks to commercialize more precise fertilizer application equipment, builds agro-input retailer and farmer cooperative knowledge of ISFM and fertilizer management using the “4R” approach, and explores options for policy reform and an increased private sector role in fertilizer distribution.

Photo Credits

A group of women farmers from Belhara village, Dhankuta district,
in the mid-hills of Nepal, benefit from improved maize varieties.
Photo: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center/D. Mowbray.

Farmer Dilaram Chalise weeds his maize in Bayalkanija, Surkhet, Nepal.
Photo: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center/Peter Lowe.

Farmer Basanta Chaudhary transplants rice seedlings in Pipari, Dang, Nepal.
Photo: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center/Peter Lowe.