Feed the Future Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Project

feed the futureNepal Seed and Fertilizer Project (NSAF)


Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Project (NSAF)

seeks to increase national crop productivity as well as household-level food security and economic welfare.



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, 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.


Targeting Key Intermediaries

The project targets private sector seed and fertilizer actors,
public sector institutions and policymakers, national research system actors,
farmer cooperative leadership, and local agro-input retailers.


United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via CIMMYT


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.