The document presents the summaries of the 12 case studies used to illustrate SNV practices which contributed to the writing of the practice brief N° 4 focusing on Gender and Agriculture (see: www.snvworld.org/en/sectors/agriculture/publications/gender-and-agriculture-practice-brief). The summaries provide an insight of the gender issue and what practices SNV implemented to address to this specific constraint. The document also offers you hyperlinks at the end of each summary to enable you read the full intervention.
The High Value Agriculture – Inclusive Business (IB) Pilot Project (HVA-IB Pilot Project) was initiated by IFAD and SNV in Nepal to test and learn how the Inclusive Business approach developed by SNV in Latin America could make a difference in linking remote farmers to markets in Nepal, a country with an economic climate and a business sector much less developed in most cases compared to Latin America. These low-income communities have potential to enhance companies‘ profitability by filling one or more important roles: as employees (new labour markets), as producers (new sources of supply), as distributors (new distribution networks), or as consumers (new markets for affordable goods and services). In this pilot, the focus is on BoP as producers and suppliers of products required by companies.
See also: Inclusive Business at SNV
The case study presents a relatively small but meaningful pilot project that is presently scaling up from 400 to 3,000 farmers (with an ultimate goal of 10,000 participants) in Nepal’s most important apple growing district. The project focuses on increasing market access for small farmers from a remote district through brokering improved commercial relationships with agribusinesses operating in the national market. A concrete account is given of a value chain development intervention that addresses demand, transactions, supply and policy issues. Farmers’ incomes improved as apple prices increased with 200 to 300%. Business have benefited significantly due to more reliable supply, improved quality grading and certification, and import substitution.
Success story of water millers: improved water mill programme (2008).
This publication of success stories of Improved Water Mill (IWM) owners aim to show the impact that IWMs have had on rural households in Nepal. The IWMs are a reliable source of rural energy with multiple end uses and have had extremely positive social, economic and environmental (livelihoods) impacts. This publication presents 16 success stories from various programme districts: four from Nuwakot, three from Dolakha, two from Sindhupalchok, and one each from Ilam, Panchthar, Makawanpur, Surkhet, Baitadi, Kalikot and Pyuthan.
One of the stories tells about someone earning more than one hundred thousand Nepalese rupees annually, solely from grinding grain. But one has to believe that this has been achieved by a 45 year old improved water mill owner from Baitadi district due to his continuous hard work which result this handsome income as a return to him. The villagers from Chaturale, Nuwakot district are extremely happy to visit the IWM in their village for hulling and grinding facilities. The cost for the food processing is less than the charge for alternative electric mill they were paying. Additionally, their time is also saved as they don't have to travel far to process their cereals. Although, the community from Motipur invested a large sum of money in their IWM, they didn't have to take out a loan. Their story is an example of how a community can accumulate strength and improve their lifestyles when they work together for a common cause.
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