Small Irrigation Programme (SIP)

Swiss engagement through this project assists farmers in doubling their agricultural income through year-round irrigation and better access to markets. Doubling of agriculture income will contribute to poverty reduction and reduce poor farmer’s need to migrate. In addition, Swiss pioneering work in operationalizing federalism, through this project at local level will address issues related to historic over-centralization and social exclusion and will contribute to peace and stability in the country.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Servizi finanziari agricoli
Risorse idriche in agricoltura
01.01.2020 - 31.12.2024
CHF  17’600’000

Nepal’s growth in Agriculture sector is low due to centralistic planning, limited year-round irrigation, lack of agricultural services and limited access to markets.

While small irrigation is an exclusive right of the local governments as per Nepal’s Constitution 2015, the newly established local and provincial governments lack institutional and technical capacities to implement irrigation schemes. They require technical and financial support to fulfil their duty in an inclusive, equitable and sustainable manner.

Obiettivi Small farmers especially Disadvantaged Groups (i.e. socially discriminated/excluded due to caste/ethnicity/gender/religion/location, and also economically poor) reduce their poverty by increasing their income from agriculture products
Gruppi target 65,000 farmers, especially from Disadvantaged Groups, are the direct beneficiaries and 60 Local Governments of Province 1 will benefit from the project.
Effetti a medio termine

Outcome1: Local Governments  respond effectively to needs of small farmers for irrigated agriculture

Outcome 2: Small farmers, especially disadvantaged groups, increase agricultural productivity

Outcome 3: Market actors offer innovative supports and products to farmers in irrigated schemes


Risultati principali attesi:  

Outputs related with Outcome 1

  • Provincial Government strengthens its capacity to support Local Governments
  • Local Governments strengthen their legislative and executive capacity for implementing small irrigation schemes. They also support in irrigated agriculture development

Outputs related with Outcome 2

  • Small farmers organize themselves inclusively in Water User Associations and build, operate and maintain small irrigation systems
  • Farmers access agriculture extension services from Local Governments and plan their production based on commercial opportunities

Outputs related with Outcome 3

  • Agriculture input service providers provide maintenance, production advice or embedded services to farmers
  • Traders and retailers establish contacts with Water User Association members

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

As per the annual project reports:

  • Rural poor, especially the disadvantaged groups, increased their agricultural income by more than 40% in the areas of intervention.
  • Since April 2015, a total of 49’000 small farming households, including 46% disadvantaged and 11% women-headed households, increased their agricultural productivity by managing irrigation systems in 13,600 hectares of land.
  • Production of  paddy, wheat and potato increased by 66%, 52% and 78% respectively Likewise, the cropping intensity increased by 38%.
  • Winter vegetable production (potato) increased by more than 78%.
  • 93% irrigation schemes built or rehabilitated under the projects are functioning well after 3 years of its completion.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est

Altri partner


Joint Venture of national consulting firms GEOCE, TMS and Aviyaan Consultants. The Joint Venture had won the mandate for the first phase through a two-stage selective public tender process. Continuation as a mandate with direct award.

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori SIP Phase II will be managed by Local Governments in collaboration with Province 1 government.
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    17’600’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    15’536’491
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2024   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.02.2014 - 31.12.2020   (Completed)