The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), KOICA Alumni Association of Nepal (KAAN) in collaboration with Himalayan College of Agricultural Science & Technology (HICAST) organized “KOICA–KAAN Knowledge Sharing Program” on Wednesday-June 2, 2021 (today).
Over 200 participants includes students and faculty members of HICAST College, KAAN members, KOICA partners, various institutes and people joined the program, said the press release of the KOICA Nepal office.
Sharing the findings and recommendations of “Value Chain Analysis of Onion Seed and Technical Efficiency of Producers in Rukum West District of Nepal” Ramesh Khadka also shared new ideas based on Korean experience that can be carried out in the context of Nepal.
The National Project Manager of “Value Chain Development of Fruits and Vegetable Project” Chiranjivi Adhikari briefed about the KOICA supported project of UNDP and focused on the activities of the ongoing project, it reads.
KOICA has been partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development of the Government of Nepal and UNDP to boost Nepali farmers’ income through the Value Chain Development of Fruit and Vegetables Project that aims to improve incomes of nearly 10,000 smallholder farmers through strengthening the value chain of fruit and vegetable production.
So far, KOICA has supported US $5 million for the joint initiative, which is being implemented in 40 municipalities of Bagmati and Gandaki Province. The project is supposed to be continued till 2022 helping Nepal in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, added the release.
Every year KOICA and KAAN have been organizing knowledge dissemination programs where the scholars are provided with a platform to promote Korean knowledge as well as concrete recommendations in specific sectors.
As earlier, this year too due to the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19, KOICA organized the nearly two-hours seminar through zoom to reach out more beneficiaries despite the emergency situation.
KOICA-KAAN has been continuously working in COVID response programs after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nepal.
Capacity Improvement and Advancement for Tomorrow (CIAT) is one of the important KOICA’s development cooperation programs in Nepal being implemented since 1991 aiming to develop capable human resources. Under this, KOICA sends government officials for training in Korea for various development areas. Every year, over 80 Nepal government officials receive fellowships to study in various subjects in Korea. So far, more than 1,800 Nepal government officials have participated in various KOICA’s fellowship programs in Korea, the release further said.
Since its inception two decades ago, KAAN, with its 300 members, has been involved in various social and educational activities. KOICA- KAAN supported Methinkot Hospital, Kavre by providing medical items worth USD 16,000 and also helped different hospitals as well as Manav Sewa Ashram too.
Meanwhile, KOICA is also, in the pipeline, to support the Ministry of Health and Population of various medical items which arrive Nepal sooner, it added.