Impact of (SLVC-II) Project
Capitalizing and building further synergy on the success of the first Strengthening Small Holder Farmers Organizations for Livestock value (SLVC-I) Project implemented by Rural Women Development Center (RWDC) from March 2012 to June 2016, the SLVC-II came into existence.
The SLVC-II Project duration has been set for April 2018 to March 2021 and is funded by Heifer International Nepal. The project is being implemented by RWDC in the Dang district along with additional districts -Pyutan and Salyan.
The main goal of SLVC-II is to increase the annual household average income by 72% (NPR 557,000) by the end of the project year.
The SLVC-II stresses increasing the income and entrepreneurship of smallholder goat producers especially women by linking them directly to the cooperatives to buyers and to consumers.
The project on the other hand guides the cooperatives to attain their sustainability and internal good governance.
Major Targeted Areas:
- Improve market system, primarily goat meat and dairy value chain along with vegetable and backyard poultry.
- Scale up the enterprises of the participating farmers.
- Introduce new technologies and ideas to increase the overall farm profitability.
1. Bridging the gaps between the smallholder farmers and consumers resulting in income growth and enhancing their quality of life.
2. Strengthening the cooperatives to be financially viable and sustainable entities.
Impact of the Project
There has been an immense impact of the project on the beneficiaries as the household income has increased considerably while a total of 12 cooperatives (in Dang, Salyan, and Pyunthan districts) established and run by rural women and marginalized peoples are financially empowered to raise their income and improve their life standards nowadays.
A constant chain of supply of goats to the local as well as national stakeholders has been established through these project interventions.
Especially, during national festivals like Dashain when the government finds it difficult to supply a sufficient number of goats to the local market, these cooperatives under SLVC-II have been very much successful in supplying the required number of goats for meat during the Dashain festival by linking with Nepal Trade Center.
Not only this but also there is an increasing trend among the local as well as national contractors of meat supply regularly contacting the local cooperatives of these three districts and buying the goats for meat to maintain a chain of supply.