Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Mountain Regions (SARD-M)
Partner: FAO, ICIMOD
Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has initiated the project Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (SARD-M) to investigate the state of agriculture and its role in sustainable development in mountainous areas. The project also studies the policy environment and rules and regulations relating to mountainous agriculture and high value crops. SDPI carried out a study of “NWFP Agriculture Policy 2005” SDPI did the SWOT analysis of Agriculture Policy and also prepared guidelines for better development, coordination and implementation of policy. The study also looked into how coherence among different stakeholders can be improved to attain the perceived objectives of sustainable development. Recommendations were proposed in practical approaches and tools or better interagency coordination in the design and implementation of SARD-M interventions. The final findings were shared in a regional meeting that was held at ICIMOD secretariat in Kathmandu in August 2008.
There should be a defined time line for implementation of policy; the role of each department should be clearly defined and department should be made responsible to meet targets and mandate; policy should also lay down the process, how all stakeholders would be involved in the decision making process; there should be a special program for inclusion of women in decision making; policy should also give some attention to off-season introduction of vegetables; there is need for focused interventions for improvement of research institutes and departments; budget allocation to achieve the objectives of policy should be enhanced and clearly define.