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SPEED for Life: SPices and sEEDs value chain improvement for rural development in Nepal, enhancing women and youth empowerment




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 709,459
€ 709,459


The project aims to support the livelihood of 3,500 small-scale farmers by improving agricultural production and the sale of seeds and spices of high commercial value.Activities will be carried out on the improvement of the production of seeds of local varieties that will satisfy the demand of local markets, thus allowing an increase in the average income of the producers. Other activities are aimed at improving the production, marketing and primary transformation of spices with potential for export, such as ginger, turmeric and chili.The proposed activities were built starting from the needs of the beneficiaries of the districts of Kavre and Sindhupalchock, where problems related to the production of quality seeds, poor knowledge of the markets and production techniques are encountered. An important intervention to improve the quality of spice production and increase market competitiveness is linked to the correct use of both synthetic and natural plant protection products.The migration of many men to foreign countries for job search left a gap in family and business management; special attention will be given to the role of women in entrepreneurial management, ensuring full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.The political change post-election of 2017 has led to a weakening of local policies, not prepared for self-regulation. A governance process will be activated to support local and governmental bodies in the construction of agricultural strategies in the territory and to strengthen popular participation in local policies. read more close
Year Committed Used
2021 € 0 € 327,244
2019 € 709,459 € 382,214


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-011872-01-1
  • AID011872/01/1
  • CRS Activity identifier2019000253
  • Planned start 2019/09/01
  • Planned End 2021/08/31
  • Actual start 2019/09/19
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Finalisation
  • Tied status Untied


  • 31181 - Agricultural education/training 52.0%
  • 31191 - Agricultural services 27.0%
  • 31194 - Agricultural co-operatives 21.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disability not targeted
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance principal objective
  • Trade Development principal objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 12.a - Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production
  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • 2.5 - By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed
  • 5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • 5.a - Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • 5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women