The Agricultural Development Strategy, ADS (B.S. 2072-2092) with a tenyear action plan has been developed after the completion of the long-term Agricultural Perspective Plan, APP (B.S. 2051-2071) for the overall development of agricultural sector. Prepared by Agricultural Project Service Centre and American Company John Mellor Associates, the Agricultural plan (B.S. 2051-2071) was perceived as an important document for the economic development of Nepal. It was further supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other related institutions which included five interlinked objectives and six essential strategies. The main objectives of the strategy were: to increase agricultural growth rate; eliminate poverty and uplift livelihood by creating employment opportunities; to encourage commercial agriculture rather than just subsistence agriculture; to fulfill the prerequisites of agriculture expanding the possibilities for economic transformation; and was centered on identifying the short and long term strategies and their implementation. This analysis shows that although the plan showed satisfactory results in some areas, it was unable to transform overall Nepali agricultural sector.
Citation: Paudel, K.P., Bhattarai, T. and Subedi, Y.R. 2016. Nepal’s Agricultural Development: Civic Analysis of Agricultural Development Strategy of Nepal (2015- 2035). Alliance of Agriculture for Food, Secretariat. ForestAction Nepal, Kathmandu.