Donor: USAID

KISAN is a United States Government’s Feed the Future (FTF) Presidential Initiative implemented in 20 districts in Western, Mid-Western and Far-Western regions of Nepal. The project seeks to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger in Nepal by achieving inclusive growth in the agriculture sector, increase income of farmers’ families and improve their nutritional status.

Project Period: 2013 to 2017

Project Activities:

  1. Microcredit
  2. Irrigation


A total of 84,620 beneficiaries benefitted from the KISAN project in the period 2013 to 2017.


The total 4006 KISAN groups were formed during the project period out of which 3913 groups (97.67%) have been doing saving & credit mobilization activities within the groups. Similarly, out of the total 84620 KISAN beneficiaries’ 78277 (92.50%) beneficiaries have been doing regular saving & credit mobilization activity. KISAN beneficiaries have been linked with SACCOs, and other formal financial institutions like Micro Finance Development Banks (MFDBs) / FINGOs to increase the access to financial services. Altogether 50,568 beneficiaries have been linked with the formal financial institutions.

In the process of institutional development, with the project support, 2 Farmer groups; one from Kanchanpur, and the other from Jajarkot districts graduated into Agriculture Cooperative Ltd.


  • 560 Hectares of Farm Land received irrigation facility from 208 small irrigation schemes. A total of 2967 households benefitted from the facility.
  • Small Irrigation with Solar Pumps has been introduced by the project in Pilot basis in Bardiya, Banke, Dang, Kapilvastu, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts.
  • A total of NPR 8.235 million contributions have been created by the farmers for the installation of irrigation schemes in the final year of the project.
  • 7 Pilot Solar Irrigation schemes in Bardiya, Banke, Dang, Kapilbastu, Kailali and Kanchanpur were completed.