The Small Farmer Food Industries rice mill (NAWALPARASI) is based in the lowlands, 250km from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Oxfam helped the enterprise establish a credit facility and introduce more attractive packaging. It now sells rice to 34 buyers in 11 districts including Kathmandu.
Pavitra Jankalyan Agriculture Cooperative (PAVITRA) trades vegetable seeds. The seed business has completed a new small processing plant and registered its brand to trade packaged seeds from 2016. Membership in PAVITRA has grown significantly, from 213 in 2010 to 927 in 2015 (61% women).
The Dadeldhura Farmers’ Cooperative Society (DAFACOS) is based 500km west of Kathmandu, and sells seeds and vegetables. DAFACOS has tripled its sales since Oxfam started supporting it three years ago, reaching almost £50,000 last year.