FAO and AFU Strengthen Collaboration in Agriculture Research and Development

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Nepal’s Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) have formalized their partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

This agreement aims to harness the collective expertise, knowledge networks, and resources of both organizations to enhance agricultural productivity, support farming communities, address climate challenges, and promote food security and nutrition in Nepal.

The MoU, signed by Mr. Ken Shimizu, FAO Representative for Bhutan and Nepal, and Prof. Dr. Punya Prasad Regmi, Vice Chancellor of AFU, in the presence of the Right Honorable Prime Minister and AFU Chancellor Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda,” signifies a commitment to collaborative efforts in sustainable agriculture and livelihood improvement.

Key areas of collaboration outlined in the MoU include joint project design and implementation, focusing on impactful agricultural initiatives, and knowledge development through shared insights and technologies.

The partnership also emphasizes information exchange to inform evidence-based policymaking in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and livestock sectors.

FAO’s global expertise and AFU’s national insights will synergize to benefit Nepali farming and natural resource management communities.

This collaboration will involve AFU faculty and students working closely with FAO experts, enhancing academic curricula, conducting cutting-edge research, and fostering capacity development.

Through the exchange of information, research findings, and best practices, FAO and AFU aim to drive advancements in agricultural practices and contribute to improved production, nutrition, environmental sustainability, and livelihoods across Nepal.

This partnership underscores a shared commitment to transforming agrifood systems and achieving sustainable development goals in the country.

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