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USAID/Nepal's role in agriculture and natural resource management: An SO 1 assessment

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Contributors: Malcolm J. Odell

This report derives from an evaluation of USAID/Nepal\rquote s Strategic Objective 1 for Agriculture and Natural Resources (SO1), \ldblquote Increased sustainable production and sales of forest and high-value agricultural products. This report was to assess progress; advise on the validity of SO1 approach; assess implementation mechanisms; and review the SO framework and indicators.The team found SO1 fundamentally sound and successful. Particular progress was made in community forestry and private sector initiatives that promote high value crops and non-timber forest products to a degree not addressed by other donors. The report recommended that the SO1 team: Continue emphasis on environmental conservation, sustainable management, and long-term protection of Nepal\rquote s unique and globally significant environment; Strengthen the process of identifying and implementing innovations in both agriculture and natural resource management; Continue identification of development actions with predictable positive results; Increase flexibility for funding INGO/NGO innovations, including increasing the ratio of grant to contract mechanisms; Build on AID's experience with participatory approaches within all SOs, and use these lessons to strengthen grass-roots producers\rquote groups engaged in agriculture and natural resource management; Seek new, more flexible means to enhance the outreach of activities, some of which are found in companion SOs and projects.

Author(s): Malcolm J. Odell

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