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Feeding a Stronger Poultry Sector in Nepal


Classes on farm management help poultry farmers improve their productivity. © IFC client.

 

Bam Dev Adhikari thought he knew nearly everything about chickens. After all, the poultry farmer in Nepal had already been keeping chickens for many years when he was offered formal training in poultry care and feeding.

To Adhikari’s surprise, the three-day training program changed the course of his business.

“It made a huge difference to me,” he says, explaining that before he attended, “I didn’t know how to use vaccines. I also got good and effective training on sanitation of the chicken coop, and also security. It helped me a lot.”

IFC’s clients working in the poultry sector are committed to helping Nepalese like Adhikari, whose low incomes place them at the base of the economic pyramid.

Our investment along with the Global Agriculture Food Security Program (GAFSP), has helped ease distribution challenges, make services accessible to women farmers, and offer customer service to poultry producers located in remote areas. These are all critical challenges in Nepal, where agriculture is at the center of the national economy.

 

Healthier Feed Produces Happier Farmers

Demand for chicken is soaring in developing countries like Nepal, where 40 percent of the population is undernourished. But the $240-million poultry industry is fragmented and dominated by small farmers who typically have 500 birds and find it difficult to increase their incomes due to a lack of training, inputs, and finance.

Agribusinesses have a big stake in the success of these small farmers. IFC’s clients in this space leverage their extensive distribution network to provide farmers at the last mile with high-quality inputs and facilitates farmers’ access to inputs and finance.

 

A Poultry Partnership

IFC began to engage with the poultry sector in Nepal in 2010, recognizing its importance for rural livelihoods and its role in improving food and nutritional security. In partnership with GAFSP, a multilateral mechanism that aims to support agricultural investments in the world’s poorest countries, IFC launched a poultry sector improvement project with several companies in Nepal.

IFC worked with these companies in a number of areas, including in the development of training focused on women farmers, who make up 80 percent of poultry farmers in the country. To meet their needs, childcare was provided at trainings, which were scheduled around family responsibilities. Female veterinarians were trained to provide extension support, and special efforts were also made to link women poultry producers to distributors for inputs and offtake. Ultimately, the training reached 1,000 women poultry producers, 85 percent of whom adapted best practices. Among women producers, the cost of production dropped by 18 percent.

IFC is committed to helping inclusive businesses grow and continue to have a positive impact on people living at the base of the economic pyramid. IFC is the largest global investor in inclusive business, with more than $14 billion invested in over 10 years.

To learn more about IFC’s work in inclusive business, visit: www.ifc.org/inclusivebusiness, and in agribusiness, visit: www.ifc.org/agribusiness

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Published in October 2016