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Our Work

Accelerating the path to living incomes

Nutritious food. Shelter. Clean water. A decent education. Access to health care. And a safe and secure environment. All fundamental for a life free from hunger and poverty. Yet millions of people can’t afford them.

Theory Of Change

Guided by the Theory of Change and the Values Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD), Heifer is working with rural women farmers to lead Nepal to achieve the goal of milk and goat meat self-sufficiency and aims of increasing annual income of the farming families by 72% and reach NPR 557,000 annually.

Increase Income & Assets

Food Security & Nutrition

Caring for the Earth

Work Areas

Accelerating the path to living incomes

Food Security and Nutrition

With increased productivity of livestock and crops, farmers provide their families and improve the nutrition of their communities.

Economic Development

We work with farming communities to identify opportunities within value chains that deliver living incomes.

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Social Capital

Investing in women is hey to ending hunger and poverty. And its at the very center of our community development approach.

Risk Mitigation and

We help people forge the first connections so that they can shift from subsistence to sustainability from reliance to resilience.

Environmental Sustainability

We believe women-led, small-scale farming is the future of our economy and our relationship with the Earth.

Area of Focus

Envisioning farmer owned agri businesses to be the force of ending hunger and poverty, Heifer’s project interventions nurture, feed, develop and guide cooperatives to accelerate engagement and profitability of smallholder livestock producers in meat, dairy, vegetable and local poultry value chains. An in-depth market system analysis has surfaced ample opportunities in various stages of the selected value chain. The projects will address current bottlenecks and constraints in the market system creating additional benefits for all value chain actors.

Social Capital

Value Chains

Market System Development


Details of Projects from Annual Report 2019 and 2020
  • Helping Earthquake-Affected Livestock In NEPAL
  • Earthquake Recovery: Helping Local Communities
  • Kisan ka lagi Unnat biu-bijan
  • Evaluating the Welfare Impact of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal
  • Strengthening Smallholders In Livestock Value
  • Disaster Rehabilitation Fund – Flood
  • Strengthening Smallholder Enterprises Of Livestock

Signature Program

  • Heifer International Nepal’s SLVC II project is a Pro-Poor Wealth Creating Value Chain prototype at scale. The project is primarily based in meat goat and dairy value chains and advances local poultry and vegetables as subsidiary value chain. The project contributes to scale up the enterprises of the participating farmers.
  • SLVC II positions Heifer as Global leader and Expert in the Goat value chain. The establishment of improved market systems and infrastructure creates additional opportunities for the farmers to scale up the enterprises as well as engage in further value addition activities.

Thematic Areas

  • Heifer’s interventions are built on social capital which strengthens both cognitive and structural dimensions.
  • Heifer Nepal works through women-only self-help groups (SHGs) to provide a safe space for women to learn, share and grow in the male-dominated society.
  • Heifer applies the market system development approach in Livestock, Dairy, Vegetable and Local Poultry to facilitate market linkages, achieve lasting changes and increase economic opportunities for the smallholder farmers.

Our Approach

Heifer International is on a mission to end global hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. We invest in farmers and business owners around the world, because we know having a secure source of income can be truly transformational for families and their communities.

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