Dipendra Kandel Initiative

Agricultural Policy

Agriculture contributes greatly to poverty reduction. The DKI undertakes agricultural research to draft policy recommendations aimed at increasing productivity growth, enhancing environmental performance and adaptation to climate change, and improving resilience of farm households to market shocks brought on by weather and other unforeseen circumstances.


Agricultural research focuses on: Soil, sowing, manuring, irrigation, weeding, harvesting, storage, product distribution, natural capital (land and water), physical capital (livestock, farm equipment, roads, and local infrastructure), human capital (education, labour, health, and nutrition), social capital, protecting assets, technical innovations, market organizational structure.