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Work starts on pond irrigation in Dullu, Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 18 Apr, 2018

Work has started on irrigation ponds in Dullu, Dailekh.  Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) are investing with CONNECT, Dullu Municipality and local communities in four new irrigation ponds that will benefit farmers in HSPC’s supply chain, increasing both cultivation area and seed production.  Last year, HSPC invested in three new ponds and repaired two others in Malika, Dailekh to the benefit of 159 farmers in their supply chain.

CONNECT CDM completes cross cluster monitoring visit
by: RAP 3      on: 16 Apr, 2018

CONNECT District Manager, Kushal Hamal has completed a cross cluster visit to Achham and Doti, part of our internal monitoring process.  During the visit Kushal met with partners in Achham and Doti, poultry farmers, Ginger producer, Hamri Didis and recipients of support from KUSOM MBA students.

CONNECT partner Shoba Trader & Order Suppliers (STOS) conducts a public meeting
by: RAP 3      on: 12 Apr, 2018

On April 9, 2018 CONNECT partner Shoba Trader & Order Suppliers (STOS) conducted a public meeting to share information about their business model with up and downstream suppliers, local government and community members.  During the meeting the CONNECT team explained the pilot modality, objectives and areas of support offered to STOS. Mr Gopal Bhat, proprietor of STOS, explained how the financial support received from CONNECT has been utilised, the activities delivered and how STOS is supporting farmers in their supply chain through long term contracts and subsidised inputs.

During the meeting, STOS renewed contracts with 13 downstream suppliers and signed contracts with an additional 24 downstream suppliers.

RAP3 welcomes Market Development Forum Nepal members
by: RAP 3      on: 12 Apr, 2018

On April 6, 2018  RAP3 welcomed members of the Market Development Forum Nepal’s (MDFN) for a learning event and meeting.  MDFN Convener, Mr Bharat Upadhyay acted as the master of ceremony and  Mr Govinda Ghimire, President, Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association – a CECI partner organisation - gave a presentation on the Challenges of Market System of Non-Timber Forest Products - Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs).

MDFN was formed to enable like-minded development practitioners to share knowledge and experience, and to learn about new ideas for pro-poor market development.  Read more about the forum on their website.

Bajura DCCI to increase number of women on their Executive Committee
by: RAP 3      on: 29 Mar, 2018

The Bajura District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has committed to increasing the minimum number of reserved seats for women on their Executive Committee to 33%.

The DCCI tabled and agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees’ recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members at their Annual General Meeting.

Last year the DCCI’s in Dadeldhura, Dailekh and Doti passed the same reform.

Yuva Vayus receive training on organic farming practices
by: RAP 3      on: 29 Mar, 2018

Yuva Vayus in Organic Mountain Flavor's (OMF) supply chain have received further training on organic farming practices and organic certification, another step on their journey to becoming leaders in their communities and an important link between their micro business clusters and OMF.


SMEs in Mid and Far West receive business support from KUSOM MBA students
by: RAP 3      on: 29 Mar, 2018

15 businesses in the Mid and Far West have received business support from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) MBA students. 

KUSOM MBA students must complete a 3-week Rural Enterprise Service placement in which they offer their business consulting services to local SMEs in rural districts.  RAP3 CONNECT identified 15 businesses that might benefit from the students' input, assessed business needs and aspirations and linked them with 12 students. 

Seed producers in Dailekh to benefit from 4 new irrigation ponds
by: RAP 3      on: 28 Mar, 2018

RAP3 CONNECT, in partnership with Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC), Dullu Municipality and the local community, are investing in the construction of 4 irrigation ponds in Dullu, Dailekh.  The ponds will benefit HSPC's downstream suppliers in Bhairav, Chipchipe, JanaSahayogi and Vinadi.  Investment committed is NPR 4.57 lakhs from HSPC with NPR 12.19 lakhs from CONNECT, NPR 6.09 lakhs from Dullu Municipality and NPR 10.62 lakhs from the local community.

Last year, HSPC along with CONNECT, District Agriculture Development Office, Village Development Committee and local communities completed 5 irrigation ponds in Malika, Dailekh (pictured).

Latest bikash ko bato episode celebrates RAP women's achievements
by: RAP 3      on: 13 Mar, 2018

In celebration of International Women's Day the latest Bikash ko bato episode features interviews with three RAP women that have brought about positive change within their communities.

At an awards ceremony held at RAP on International Women's Day, we recognised RAP women that are defying stereotypes, challenging social norms, achieving academically, taking on leadership roles and inspiring thier communities.  Women from all the districts in which we work were nominated and the five overall winners travelled to Kathmandu to receive their awards from Head of DFID Nepal, Dr Rurik Marsden.

Listen to the episode online:

Yuva Vayus renew contracts between farmers and the businesses they supply
by: RAP 3      on: 20 Feb, 2018

Yuva Vayus, CONNECT's response to the traditional social mobiliser, have been working with CONNECT field staff in Dailekh to renew contracts between downstream suppliers and the businesses they supply. 

Yuva Vayus (YVs) are members of the Micro-Business Clusters (MBCs) that make up MSME Partners’ downstream supplier networks. They are high potential individuals who have volunteered to take a leadership role in mobilizing, activating, energizing and nurturing their MBCs for long term economic growth. You can learn more about Yuva Vayus here.

There are currently 147 YVs in Dailekh, across three of CONNECT's MSME partners' supply chains - Belpata Dairy Co-operative, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Coo-operative and Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre.   The YVs conduct regular meetings with farmers in their MBCs, act as a point of contact between the businesses and farmers and disseminate the training they receive to other farmers in their MBCs. 

We expect YVs to lead the contract renewal process next year as they cement their role as leaders and as a link between their MBCs and the businesses they supply.