In Bhutan, SNV's Agriculture programmes strengthen the position of smallholder farmers, supporting them to access markets with better crops or products through the following programmes:
Off-Season Vegetables: This programme aims to increase incomes of at least 1500 households in 6 districts by 5-15% and link around 60 cooperatives to the market by 2014. Under the IFAD-funded Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP), SNV provides advisory services to the Supply Chain and Market Development Component, led by the Regional Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives Office (RAMCO). Key strategy is to increase production and improve joint marketing of vegetables when the vegetable production is low and prices are high in both domestic and Indian markets.
Non-Timber Forest Products: SNV supports this pilot at Lauri geog of Samdrup Jongkhar district under the IFAD-funded Market Access & Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) in which eight NTFP groups sustainably manage and harvest NTFPs. The target is to raise incomes of at least 400 households by an estimated USD 55 by mid-2014. SNV supports geog-level NTFP management plans, sustainable harvesting guidelines and enrichment planting guidelines. SNV also supports the strengthening of NTFP groups and their marketing opportunities. Opportunities for scaling-up this approach to the rest of Samdrup Jongkhar and Pemagatsel districts are currently being assessed.
All 3 programmes mentioned above have the final aim to decrease poverty and increase income and employment for the rural poor.