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Nepal and FAO Achievements and Success Stories
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Nepal is a landlocked country covering an area of 147 181 square km and with a population estimated to have reached 27.5 million in 2010. With a per capita income of US$480, Nepal is the 12th poorest country in the world. However, Nepal has made some progress in reducing poverty: in 1996 the poverty level, as defined by national standards, stood at 42 percent; in 2009, poverty was reduced to 25.4 percent. However, disparity between rural and urban areas is still persistent with urban poverty standing at eight percent while rural poverty is 22 percent. In addition, the gap between rich and poor is high and increasing. Nepal is committed to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as reflected in its Three-Year Plan 2010/11-2012/13. Despite persistent deep structural disparities across ethnicities, social and economic backgrounds, geography and gender and other contextual difficulties, Nepal is on track to achieve most of its MDG targets, with a few exceptions which are more complex such as the one related to environmental sustainability. Based on the 2008 Global Hunger Index, Nepal ranks 57th out of 88 developing countries and countries in transition. With a Global Hunger Index (GHI) of 20.6, the severity of hunger in Nepal is alarming. However, the prevalence of hunger varies substantially across sub-regions with the highest prevalence in the Far- and Mid-Western hill and mountain regions. However, there is not a single sub-region in Nepal that falls within the moderate or low hunger categories. This underscores the seriousness of the food security situation in Nepal. Nepal became a member of FAO in 1951 and an FAO Representative office was established in Kathmandu in 1977. Since then, nearly 200 projects covering various aspects of agricultural development have been completed. Presently FAO is co-operating with various agencies and development partners in Nepal through a number of projects – all aiming to introduce and sustain innovative approaches to agriculture and rural development. The country’s achievements in the areas of aquaculture, fresh vegetable and vegetable seed production, community and leasehold forestry are highlighted in this publication.
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FAO ,   (2011 )
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Progress Report in English
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 FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization
04.01.01  -  Agricultural Economics And Policy; Rural Sociology
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