Representatives from the Government of Nepal, spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, showcased Nepal’s burgeoning agricultural initiatives at the recently concluded 37th FAO Asia Pacific Regional Conference. Led by Honorable Dr. Beduram Bhusal, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, the Nepalese delegation played an active role in addressing key programs, notably emphasizing the Digital Village Initiative.

The conference highlighted Nepal’s proactive adoption of digital innovation and technology in agricultural development, drawing significant attention from stakeholders. Nepal’s commitment to leveraging modern technological advancements to revolutionize agriculture was evident in discussions surrounding the Digital Village Initiative.

Aligned with the “One Country One Priority Product” initiative, Nepal underscored its dedication to promoting large cardamom, a significant contributor to the national economy through exports. Conversations centered on enhancing production, refining processing systems, and devising strategic approaches to access both domestic and international markets for large cardamom.

Ministerial-level discussions delved into agricultural agendas and priorities for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). Nepal, in its intervention, advocated for technology adoption, commercialization, and improved market access to revitalize agriculture and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nepal presented a comprehensive country statement outlining agricultural sector priorities and areas of cooperation, emphasizing the importance of hill farming systems due to the nation’s unique geographical features. Collaborative initiatives such as the Hand in Hand Initiative, Digital Village Initiative, One Country One Priority Product (OCOP), and Green City Initiatives were unveiled to propel Nepal’s agricultural sector forward in the coming decade.

Throughout the conference, Nepal actively engaged in the Hand in Hand Initiatives promoted by FAO, showcasing ongoing efforts in agriculture and food systems. Discussions underscored the necessity of increased investment in the sector from various funding partners.

Reiterating its commitment to collaboration with FAO, Nepal pursued bilateral meetings aimed at enhancing investment in the agricultural sector. Minister Dr. Beduram Bhusal held discussions with Mohamed Manssouri, Director of FAO Investment Center, to strategize on collaborative approaches.

The Nepalese delegation also participated in a field visit program in Sri Lanka, gaining valuable insights into innovative agricultural programs and fostering knowledge exchange among nations.

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