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Citrus Market Development Project in Nawalparasi District

LWR began working in Nepal in 2009, aiming to improve food security for indigenous, Dalit and marginalized populations. In addition to food insecurity, households are vulnerable to frequent natural hazards, such as flooding, landslides and earthquakes, in many areas of Nepal. LWR works to address development and resilience needs in Nepal by helping communities better prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of natural disasters, as well as to realize food security and savings.

The Project

Traditional cultivation practices, harvesting methods and low participation in market leads to low income among mandarin growers in Nepal’s Nawalparasi District. Farmers lack facilities to store fruit for longer durations of time and thus cannot control the sales price of produce in the market. Farmers are also not using the most effective and efficient farming and harvesting methods for their fruit. Additionally, many farmers lack market management skills to get the highest price at market.

In response, LWR is working with local partner SAHAMATI to support 400 farmers from Jaubari and Dandajheri village development committees of Nawalparasi to increase famers’ ability to analyze and optimize their role in the mandarin value chain. The project aims to increase farmer income by at least 50 percent by the end of the project.

This project is the second phase of LWR’s work with SAHAMATI in improving citrus storage and farmer income from citrus sales in Nepal.


  • 200 farmers increase mandarin yields by 25 percent by adopting improved farming practices.
  • Farmer collectives successfully manage three long-term cold storage facilities and one collection center.
  • 400 mandarin growers are trained on market management and linked to markets.
  • 200 farmers adopt improved harvesting methods.

Project activities include:

  • Training on improved citrus cultivation.
  • Provision of disease-free saplings.
  • Orientation on formation of cold storage management committees and training on cold storage management.
  • Construction of zero-energy cold storage facilities.
  • Market management training.
  • Transportation of market management committee representatives to market for at least four bulk sales.