COVID-19 Response through Connecting Migrations to Farm Mechanization and Services Provision in Rural Nepal
More than 3.5 million Nepalis are estimated to work abroad, many in India. However, now an average of 4,000 people have been returning from India and elsewhere into the western districts of Nepal each day. The return migrants are predominantly laborers who have lost their jobs. With an increased number of young men looking for job opportunities, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is now implementing a buy-in project that develops mechanisms to support longer-term resilience among smallholder farmers and the private sector — with emphasis on empowering youth and overcoming challenges faced by rural families in Nepal.
Expanding scale-appropriate farm machinery
Linking service providers to create demand and build resilience
The COVID-19 pandemic has reorganized the social groups of labor in rural Nepal and highlighted the importance, as well as the fragility, of rural agricultural production. The project has identified the most effective entry provision during the crisis. While these actions are being implemented in the context of a market-disruptive pandemic, they stand to become essential tools beyond this crisis. As the COVID-19-related stresses reduce in the future, these actions will be able to boost good farmer practices further and be more prepared for future shocks that will strike the country in the future.