The High Mountain Agri-business and Livelihood Improvement (HIMALI) Project is launched with the aim to strengthen selected district facilities by improving their capacities to meet demands for improved crop and livestock breeding, post-harvest quality services, climate adaptive community forestry, rangeland management and technology demonstrations through public-private partnerships.
Based on existing agricultural products with development potential and value chain corridors linking mountain areas to downstream agribusiness and markets the Project has selected Sankhuwasawa and Solokumbu in eastern region, Dolkha and Rasuwa in central region, Manang and Mustang in western region and Dolpa, Jumla, Mugu and Humla in mid-western region. These highland districts have advantages in certain traditional and high-value products including wool, yak cheese, traditional paper, seeds, fruits, off-season vegetables, dairy, meat, and medicinal and aromatic plant products. Agribusinesses and development of the value chain based outside the project area participate through business linkages with high mountain producers, such as contract farming, supply and marketing agreements, input supply, and investing in collection and processing facilities.
Background of The Project
The High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project HIMALI project will be implemented in 10 high mountain districts: Humla, Mugu, Jumla, Dolpa (Mid-Western Development Region), Mustang, Manang (Western Development Region), Rasuwa, Dolakha (Central Development Region), Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha (Eastern Development Region). The regions are characterized by a temperate to alpine climatic range (>2,000 to 4,500 masl). The mountain districts of Nepal are characterized by remoteness from the country's mainstream road network and are not easily accessible. Humla, Mugu, Manang and Dolpa districts are the most remote districts with no road access to date. Other districts, like Jumla, Mustang, Solukhumbu and Sankhuwabha have seasonal roads and summer monsoon landslides block road access. Remote areas without motor roads access feed value chains via pack animals and porters over traditional trade routes.
On the socio-economic side, there is widespread poverty among the inhabitants of high mountain districts. Rising population and their heavy dependence on land and forest resources have led to their over-exploitation, causing negative environmental changes. Agriculture is predominantly subsistence and semi-commercial cropping, fruit and vegetable horticulture, and livestock. The communities commonly collect medicinal and aromatic plant products (MAPs). Herders range seasonally over large high pasture areas with flocks of sheep and goat, and yak and cross bred cattle. Dry conditions lead to seasonal food security issues in the mid-western districts.
Vision, Mission and Objectives
Our Vision is to improve income and standard of living of the people in high mountain areas.
Our Mission is to motivate private sector agribusiness development through provision of Agribusiness Grant Assistance to eligible farmers, farmers groups, cooperatives, and other related entrepreneurs or enterprising bodies having qualified and commercially viable plans for production, product aggregation, quality improvement, processing, value adding and marketing.
To achieve our mission following Objectives should be fulfilled: