Small Farmers’ Conference: Transforming and Sustaining Small Farms

Farmer to Farmer Group
In 2021 Prof. Reza Rafie demonstrated methods to identify different rhizome rot diseases in ginger in Airawati, Pyuthan. Photo by CRS Staff

Purpose

CRS-F2F Nepal is organizing the “2022 Small Farms Conference: Transforming and Sustaining Small Farmers” on Friday, June 24, 2022, in collaboration and partnership with the Government of Nepal, universities, research organizations, the Federation of Small Farmers’ Cooperatives, National Federation of Farmers’ Groups, financial and agricultural insurance institutions, USAID implementing partners, private enterprises and community-based organizations. During the conference, presenters (farmers, researchers, and experts) will share successes in small-scale farming as well as innovative ideas for research, extension, and education to strengthen collaboration and partnerships among the public, private, and cooperative sectors who work to ensure that small farmers advance and sustain their farms in the rapidly evolving socio-economic and environmental contexts. The conference will also serve as a forum to discuss the results of research accomplished by the Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), agriculture and forestry universities, and NGOs. It is anticipated that around eighty participants from diverse stakeholders will attend.

Download Flyer

Goals and Agendas

The overall goal of this event is to strengthen sustainability, competitiveness, and profitability for small farms and farming systems in Nepal. Specific objectives include:

  • Strengthen collaboration and partnership among farmers’ groups, cooperatives, GoN institutions (research, extension, and university), and the private sector
  • Provide a platform for small farmers to share their successes with their fellow farmers and stakeholders
  • Provide a platform for small farmers to share issues and challenges in relation to access to innovations, input (seed/breed, fertilizers, plant protection, irrigation), agricultural credits, government support, subsidies, and
  • crop and livestock insurance.

Conference Highlights

  • 100 people from diverse walks of life (Policy, program, producers, processors, agro-traders, academicians, agri-input suppliers, etc.) are attending the conference.
  • At least 15 small producers will showcase their stories and the progress they have made.
  • Academicians and researchers in Nepal to conduct educational sessions focusing on Promising research results for adoption and use by smallholder farmers.
  • Participants to actively engage in digging out the issues and challenges of typical Nepalese small farmers and figure out ways to transform and sustain their production systems.

For additional information and RSVP, please contact:

Prachanda Kattel, Project Coordinator
Tel: 9841658430
Email: Prachanda.kattel@crs.org

Program Schedule

8:30 to 9:00 AM

Registration and Tea and Coffee

CRS-F2F colleagues will be available at the registration desk to support you.

Facilitator: CRS-F2F

Methods: Registration Desk

9:00 to 9:15 AM

Inauguration Session (Chair: Secretary/Joint Secretary, MOALD)

  • National Farmers Commission
  • Secretary/Joint Secretary, MOALD
  • USAID, CRS-CR, F2F/HQ or Region, AFU, IAAS, GU, NARC, MoAD, Municipality, Provincial Secretary

Facilitator: MC

9:15 to 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Katherine Price,
Country Representative, CRS Nepal

Facilitator: MC

Methods: Speech

9:30 to 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion on F2F Program in Nepal: Journey and The Impacts

  • Usha Acharya, Dang
  • Sita Pandey, Kathmandu
  • Meena Pokhrel, NSCCFL
  • Gopal Poudel, Rupandehi
  • Rebat Poudel, Pyuthan
  • Dr. Hira Kaji Manadhar
  • Dr. Raju Kandel, NGRP
  • Suprabha Acharya, Kathmandu

Facilitator: Panel moderator: Nirmal Gadal, CRS-F2F Project Director

Methods: Presentation and Panel discussion

10:30 to 11:10 AM

Experience Sharing by The US and In-Country Volunteer Experts

  • Dr. Robert Owen (Video presentation)
  • Dr. Chet Raj Upreti, Country Volunteer
  • Dr. Buddhi R Khadgi, Country Volunteer
  • Aju Nyachhon, Country Volunteer

Facilitator: MC

11:10 to 11:40 AM

Remarks and Session Closing

  • Municipality
  • Province
  • Gandaki University (F2F host)
  • NARC
  • DG
  • USAID
  • Chief Guest
  • Session closing by the chairperson

Facilitator: MC

11:40 AM to 12:25 PM

Lunch

12:25 to 1:25 PM

Educational Session: Promising Research Results for Adoption by Smallholder Farmers (Chair: MoALD/NARC/AFU/IIAAS)

  • Video presentation: F2F journey and impacts (CRS Nepal)
  • Business literacy and skills for sustainable transformation of small farms in Nepal (Nanda Kishor Mandal)
  • Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC)
  • Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)

Facilitator: MC

1:25 to 2:25 PM

Parallel Discussion Sessions: Advancing and Sustaining Small Farms For The Nation’s Prosperity

Group 1: Sustainable transformation of small farms in Nepal: Current situation and the ways forward (Dr. Devendra Gauchan)

Group 2: Access to innovations (Dr. Bal Krishna Joshi, Head, Gene Bank/NARC)

Group 3: Access to quality and affordable input (seed/breed, fertilizers, plant protection, irrigation) in Nepal (Durga Adhikari, President SEAN Seed Center)

Group 4: Access to Ag. credit in Nepal (NRB or Babu Kaji Thapa, ADB/N)

Group 5: Access to government support and subsidies (Dr. Rajendra Mishra, Joint Secretary, MoALD)

Facilitator: Moderator and Group Facilitators

Methods: The group facilitator will share a brief background on the topic followed by an open discussion on the issue.

2:25 to 3:05 PM

Presentation by Group Facilitators

  • Group facilitators

Facilitator: MC

Methods: Presentation

3:05 to 3:20 PM

Q&A Session

  • Open floor discussion

Facilitator: MC

Methods: Discussion

3:20 to 4:05 PM

Market Place

  • Agri-exhibitions

Facilitator: F2F Hosts and Stakeholders

Methods: Poster, display, and oral briefing.

4:05 to 4:25 PM

Conclusion and The Way Forward

  • Moderator

Facilitator: MC

Methods: Presentation

4:25 to 4:40 PM

Feedback Collection

  • Moderator

Facilitator: Chhan/Prach anda

Methods: Questionnaire Sheet

4:40 to 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

  • USAID
  • Session Chair

Facilitator: Moderator

Methods: Speech

Download Program Schedule