The mission AEC/FNCCI has become the implementing partner

The Federation of Nepalese
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) is an umbrella organization of the
Nepalese private sector. It was established in 1965 with the aim of promoting
business and industry while protection the rights of and interest of business
and industrial communities, FNCCI has been playing a key role in promoting
business and industry in the country. It provides, inter alia, information,
advisory, consultative, promotional and representative services to business and
government and organizes training/ workshop/ seminar on a regular basis. FNCCI
has been active in many sectors, investing its effort in building a stronger
economy for the country and doing so by empowering the people. The different
programs and initiative taken by FNCCI has been reaching out to the different
people around the country.

(About Us: FNCCI, 2018)One of the main
services being provided by FNCCI is representing the entire business community
of the country in national and international forums. FNCCI has been working
tirelessly in order to strengthen the local chamber of commerce and
associations. Many of its activities are concentrated to give voice to the local
chambers and give them platform to grow and foster. It prepares recommendation
for promoting exports and investments, promoting joint ventures and providing
expertise services to exporters, importers and investors. It also promotes
better industrial relations and provides business information and research
services. FNCCI has been active in facilitating participation in national and
international trade fairs and exhibitions.

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For the welfare of students,
educators in Nepal, FNCCI conducts on a regular basis, trainings and workshops,
seminars on chamber management, publication, and information exchange,
documentation, industrial relation, productivity, entrepreneurship, quality
management, environment etc. The FNCCI is represented in almost all national councils/
boards/committees/policy advisory bodies concentrated with business and
industry.

(About Us: Agro Enterprise Center, 2018) Agro Enterprise
Center is one of the component/ department with in the FNCCI. It is the agriculture wing of
FNCCI and was established in September 1991 under the Cooperative Agreement
between FNCCI and USAID/Nepal. Since October 1st 2002, FNCCI/AEC is
taking a renewed role in re-presenting the private sector agribusiness
community in the development of agriculture and agribusiness in Nepal. Keeping
with this mission AEC/FNCCI has become the implementing partner agency for the
High Mountain Agri-Business and Livelihood Improvement Project (HIMALI)
operated under the Asian Development Bank grant 0248-NEP.

(Projects: Asian Development Bank, 2018)The agreement between
Asian Development Bank and AEC/FNCCI was done on 20th September 2011
promising on granting total amount of $17,49,100. AEC/FNCCI is one of the
member of steering committee of the HIMALI project and it is responsible for
reporting and implementation of the project. The role of the AEC/FNCCI as an
implementing partner is to facilitate and assist the enterprise, project
proponents and sub-projects to develop and implement viable business plan and
help them to run and operate business sustainably.

(About Us: HIMALI project, 2018) The High Mountain
Agri-business and Livelihood Improvement (HIMALI) project was implemented in
ten high mountain districts of Nepal namely Humla, Mugu, Jumla, Dolpa from the
mid-western development region of Nepal. Similarly, Mustang, Manang from
western development region, Rasuwa, Dolakha from central development region and
Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha from Eastern Development Region. These districts are
characterized as underprivileged which lacks the basic infrastructures,
remoteness from the country’s mainstream road network.

Furthermore, from the
socio-economic perspective, there is widespread poverty among the inhabitants
as most of them dwells below the poverty line and living standard of the people
is low as most of them are engage in agriculture and it is predominantly
subsistence and semi-commercial cropping, fruit and vegetable horticulture, and
livestock.

 (Agro Enterprise Center, 2012)Thus, HIMALI project will assist grants to the selected
eligible entities and businesses for implementing viable agribusiness plans
generating income and employment providing benefits to these marginalized,
peoples of the proposed districts. The main aim of the project will be to
focused on to improve the livelihoods of the people.

1.1.          
Products and Services

Being committed to the
development and the upgradation of the agriculture sector of Nepal Agro
enterprise center had formulated and implemented several projects and policies.
These activities are in alignment with the mission and goals of the AEC.
Following are some of the major projects/ campaigns organized and promoted by
the Agro Enterprise Center of FNCCI.

v  Agricultural
Market Information System (AMIS)

(Projects: Agro Enterprise Center, 2018)With the aim to empower
farmers and provide them the necessary information about the price of several
products prevailing in the market at their finger tip. AEC had developed a
system and application which allows farmers to know about the market price of
the products by sending SMS to the system as prescribed in the format.

Figure 1: SMS Format

 

v  Raising
Incomes of Small and Medium Farmers Project (RISMFP)

It is the initiation of the Government of Nepal and AEC act as the
implementing body of this project. It is aimed at reducing the market and
business risk faced by the small and medium farmers by helping them to
diversify their production into high value commodities. The working area of
this project is the 10 districts of Mid-Western (MWDR) and Far-Western (FWDR)
Development regions of Nepal. The project will assist and support small and
medium sized farmers to diversify into high value commodity through Value Chain
Integration. Establishing market linkages; providing capital inputs and
improved technology; and for building post-harvest value chain infrastructures
including storage, packaging, grading, and processing centers.

 

v  High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP)

With the financial and technical
assistance from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD);
High Value Agriculture Project had been implemented in hill and mountain areas
of Nepal. This project is in implementation through fiscal year 067/068. The
goal of this project is to reduce the poverty and vulnerability if women and
men in hill and mountain areas of Mid-Western Development Region.

The main function/purpose is to
integrate the rural poor and underprivileged, especially women and marginal
groups in high value agriculture and NTFP/MAP value chains and markets and
improve income, employment opportunities and ability to respond to market
demand and opportunities based on marketing agreements with private
agribusiness.


Kisankalagi UnnatBiu-BijanKaryakram Or KUBK(Improved
Seed for Farmers Programme-ISFP

It is the joint operation of the Government of Nepal, IFAD and AEC aimed to
support accelerated agriculture growth. This aspire to reduce two key aspects
of agriculture sector hampering productivity by the improvement of formal seed
and breed of livestock. The goal of the program is to promote inclusive,
competitive sustainable agriculture growth within the target areas such as to
contribute to overall economic growth. The core objective of this program is to
improve rural household incomes through sustainable, market-driven agricultural
productivity improvements.

 


One Village One Product (OVOP)

Inspired by the success of OVOP campaign in several countries, an idea of
lunching this program in Nepal has been triggered into the minds of the
stakeholders and ever since the program has evolved. The FNCCI had proposed the
government of Nepal for its support on partnership basis. The program has been
launched in Nepal in the year 2006 as public private partnership program.


One District One Product

As the name suggest the concept of ODOP is based on the essence and
principles of ‘One Village One Product” originated in Oita Prefecture of Japan
in 1979. At
present, this program has been adopted by different countries all over
Asia, Africa and Latin America as a rural community development
program. Nepal is one of the countries doing so, having adopted OVOP
program since 2006. In Nepal, OVOP is a Public Private Partnership based
program in which Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and
Industry (FNCCI) is playing a very important role from the private
sector in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.