Kisankalagi UnnatBiu-BijanKaryakram-KUBK(Improved Seed for Farmers Programme-ISFP) is a joint operation of Government of Nepal and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to support accelerated agricultural growth. It aims at developing the formal seed sector as well as improving smallholder livestock through improved partnership with the private sector in the hills of Nepal. The porgrame was signed on 2nd December 2012 with Government of Nepal and forced into implementation from the same date.Ministry of Agricultural Development is the lead implementing body of the Programme . The Programme is designed to support two key aspects of agriculture sector hampering productivity: the improvement of formal seed (cereals and vegetables) and improvement of smallholder livestock (goats and dairy) in order to increase income of the poor rural households (Rhs). This will be achieved by developing the partnership between farmer organizations and the private sector.
The goal of the Programme is to promote inclusive, competitive and sustainable agricultural growth within the target area such as to contribute to overall economic growth. The development objective of the Programme can be defined as to improve rural household incomes through sustainable, market-driven agricultural productivity improvements.
The major objectives of the programme are:
- Increased production of Truthfully Labelled improved seeds which are marketed within and beyond the target area.
- Improved productivity of livestock systems which are more closely linked to markets.
- Strengthened capacity of a broad range of rural institutions to provide sustainable services to smallholder farmers.