Concept Note

"Marketing and Value Chain Development in Agriculture and Food System"

Agricultural marketing is an integral part of agricultural development. In view of these needs and developments, the Agriculture Development Strategies (ADS) of the Government of Nepal 2016- 2035 has envisaged agribusiness sector as one of the important sub-components required to be strengthened for the speedy agricultural sector growth in the country. At this standpoint, Agricultural Business Promotion and Marketing Development Directorate (ABPMD) of the Department of Agriculture (DoA) in coordination with the Nepal Agricultural Economics Society (NAES) has planned to organize the 5th National Conference in 2018.


The specific objectives of the 5th conference are as follows:

  • Review the implementation status of 4th conference's recommendations and propose action plan for implementing those.
  • Assess emerging challenges and opportunities in agricultural marketing and propose possible solutions to overcome.
  • Document innovative institutional arrangements for improving marketing efficiencies and promoting inclusive value chains
  • Solicit ideas and opinion of experts, professionals, officials, private entrepreneurs, and farmers to improve the agri-marketing sub-sector.
  • Sensitize farmers, agro-traders and officials about the development trend, policies and required improvements in agricultural marketing development.
  • Provide recommendation for developing appropriate strategies and policies of agricultural marketing in general and product-specific agribusiness in particular while implementing ADS of the Government of Nepal.

Important dates:

Submission of paper/poster abstract

3 April 2018

Notification of acceptance of abstract

18 April 2018

Submission of full paper

15 May 2018

Last date for online registration through webpage:

31 May 2018

Arrival of international guests and participants

3 June 2018

For contact:

Dr. Dilli KC (+977-9851131004)
Mr. Sirish Pun (+977-9847030013)
Dr. Shiddi Ganesh Shrestha (+977-9841303961)
Mr. Santosh Pathak (+977-9849218214)

Key Note Papers:

  1. Nepalese agricultural market- An overview
  2. Agriculture marketing and value chain development scenario in South Asia.

Thematic areas of the conference

  • Competitive agricultural value chain development
  • Agricultural marketing information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Marketing infrastructure and institutional development
  • International  trade in agri-foods and inputs