Honorable Minister of Agricultural Development releases the Kathmandu Declaration on Agroforestry in Nepal

The “Kathmandu Declaration on Agroforestry” is released on 28th of March 2015 at Kathmandu, Nepal by Honorable Hari Prasad Parajuli, Minister of Agricultural Development, Government of Nepal.  The declaration was released in a consultation workshop on “Present Status and Future Prospects of Agroforestry in Nepal” jointly organized by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MOAD), Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) of the Government of Nepal, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bio-resources (ANSAB) at Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu, Nepal from 26-28 March 2015.

The consultation workshop was inaugurated by Honorable Mahesh Acharya, Minister of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) on the 26th of March, and it involved series of discussion on 27th and 28th among the participants from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, SriLanka and Kenya representing government ministries, civil society organizations, Universities and research institutions. The participants agreed to develop a National Agroforestry Policy for Nepal in order to have a more focused and coordinated strategy and approach to promote agroforestry among various actors and stakeholders.

It is expected that the policy will encourage the easing of regulatory constraints and will facilitate the development of feed and fodder resources, income generation, food, nutritional and energy security, germplasm conservation and production of quality planting material, arresting of land degradation and restoration of soil health, and the development of appropriate agroforestry models for different agro-ecological zones.

For more information, please contact Sudarshan Khanal at sudarshankhanal@ansab.org