High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas, IFAD Impact Assessment Surveys, 2018
Agricultural Survey [ag/oth]
The primary objective of the High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas (HVAP) was to reduce rural poverty and improve food security through enhanced value chains for high-value agricultural commodities in the hill and mountainous areas of Nepal. The project employed a unique approach bringing different actors of the value chain together; smallholder producers were linked with input suppliers, traders, technical service providers, and financial institutions. The project also provided business literacy training and helped strengthen production and marketing by forming farmer's cooperatives or groups, collectively called producer organizations (POs), technical support for household dairy production and developing milk-marketing chains.
The project covers seven hill and mountainous districts in Karnali province and identifies seven agricultural commodities as high value commodities in this area: apple, ginger, vegetable seeds, off-season vegetables, turmeric, timur (Sichuan pepper), and goat. The project supported smallholder farmers by strengthening their access to input markets, output markets, and service markets as well as their skills and capacity to produce market-oriented high value agricultural commodities.
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Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The subjects covered by the survey are the following:
- Socio-demographic characteristics
- Crop production
- Livestock production
- Other sources of income
- Dietary status
- Household decision making.
Seven districts from Mid-Western Development Region (Karnali province in the newly adopted system) of Nepal.
Smallholder dairy farmers
Producers and sponsors
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives
Lattanzio Monitoring and Evaluation, Italy
Lattanzio Monitoring and Evaluation
Full Bright Consultancy, Nepal
Full Bright Consultancy
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Netherlands Development Organisation
Government of Nepal
HVAP interventions cover seven districts from Mid-Western Development Region (Karnali province in the newly adopted system). The project works with producer organizations (POs) and a total of pre-existing 456 POs (which consist of groups and cooperatives) in 144 village development committee (VDCs) are covered. HVAP covers a total of 144 VDCs, 456 POs, and 15,965 households. The total sample selected for the impact assessment consists of 3,028 households (1,504 treatment and 1,524 control households) in 235 POs or clusters (117 treatment POs and 118 control POs). The distribution of the sample size is proportional to the number of project beneficiaries in each district.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
The impact assessment design adopts a mixed-method approach to collect both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative surveys consist of two surveys: one for collecting data at the household level and the other for collecting data at the PO level.
The quantitative (both at the household level and at the PO level) and qualitative data in this impact assessment were collected between May and July 2018. The quantitative surveys collect extensive information about the twelve-month period preceding the timing of the survey.
In particular, the survey collects extensive detailed about agricultural production (both crop and livestock production) from the most recent agricultural production cycle, which covers two main seasons namely the wet season (around May to October 2017) and the dry season (around November 2017 to April 2018). The household survey questionnaire consists of questions related to socio-economic status, agricultural and livestock production, other sources of income, dietary status, and household decision making. The PO survey questionnaire focuses mainly on indicators related to access to services and infrastructures, communal 20 groups, agricultural and livestock production, commodity prices, and economic activities.
Note: some variables may have missing labels. Please, refer to the questionnaire for more details.
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International Fund for Agricultural Development. High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas, IFAD Impact Assessment Surveys, Nepal, 2018. Dataset downloaded from https://microdata.fao.org.
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