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1 Winrock International Putting Ideas to Work

2 Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

3 A Global Presence Current as of 2010

4 Winrock Approach to Increased Economic Opportunities Capacity Building for Organizations and Individuals Enterprise and Agricultural Development Enhance Markets and Develop Products Entrepreneurial Skills Development Strategies on Investment, Trade and Finance Alternative Energy & Natural Resource Management Improved Production Technologies & Value-added processing

5 Value Chain General Definition Strengthen Mutually Beneficial Linkages Producers - Distributors – Processors - Wholesalers/Retailers Market Opportunities Trust

6 Value Chain - Key Concepts Win-Win Relationships Upgrading Innovation Added Value

7 Value Chain Development Positive or Desired Change Income & Employment Generation Economic Growth Poverty Reduction Environmental Performance Gender Equity

8 Youth in the Agriculture Value Chain Youth Enterprise Development

9 The Purpose of This Presentation Sharing Experiences Economic Opportunities using Agriculture Value Chains Rural Areas

10 GOALS Increase or Improve: Income Household Resiliency Gender Equity Reduce Outmigration

11 Target Population Marginalized youth: –Vulnerable and disadvantaged youth –Women –Dalits –16 – 30 years –Ethnic, linguistic and religious -Conflict affected Remote rural areas

12 Approach 1.Integrated, entrepreneurial literacy 2.Agriculture skills development 3.Entrepreneurial training for off farm employment

13 1. Entrepreneurial Literacy 10 month class Primarily women Integrated approach literacy, numeracy, how to use government services, HIV/Aids awareness, how to start a business, revenues, profit, loss, how to access credit Tied to income generation

14 1. Entrepreneurial Literacy More than 30,000 youth completed training 70% went on to technical skills development-mostly were in agriculture Huge demand because people saw the benefits

15 2. Agriculture Production

16 2.Agriculture Production Market Driven Aggregate farmers Technical training in high-value commodity production Introduced technologies Linkages: producers-input suppliers-markets

17 3. Rural Employment Identified points along value chain Provided entrepreneurial training for  Agro-vets  Local Service Providers  Traders  Vendors  Water harvesters

18 Strengthened VC and Employment Opportunities Simultaneously built value chain and linked farmers, traders Oriented farmers toward markets Created demand for inputs

19 Strengthen Delivery Systems using demand driven commercial approach Establish system of private sector input suppliers and extension agents Community-managed collection centers Create and strengthen linkages along the VC to access market Partnerships with local government

20 Establish Local Collection

21 Kaprokot, Salyan emptyand on market day Kapurkot, Salyan District collects vegetables twice a week that go to Butwal, Nepalgunj, Kathmandu …that feed into large collection centers

22 Input suppliers crucial for vulnerable small holders Enterprises improve farmers’ access to quality inputs and extension agriculture advice; Eliminates culture of ‘handouts’ and dependency; Creates jobs along the value chain Agro-vets provide knowledge and linkages to producers through trained Local Service Providers

23 Local Service Providers are field-based providing mobile trainings and extension services to remote and vulnerable smallholders Private Sector Extension Services

24 Local Service Providers

25 1.Established agriculture value chains 2.Improved the lives and food security of over 54,000 disadvantaged including 12,500 remote households 3.Increased income on average by 236% 4.Strong coordination with GoN 5.Network of Local Service Providers 6.Develop Linkages Farmers Input suppliers Output traders Major Accomplishments:

26 1.Linking producers to input suppliers and output markets 2.Market driven approach is sustainable 3.Local Service Providers - effective link 4.Government involvement and stakeholder meetings insure sustainability 5.Improved production improves family nutrition 6.Entrepreneurial literacy linked to AG/VC training Selected Lessons Learned

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