Sahaj Challenge Fund opens applications for agro produce suppliers

Kathmandu: The Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme Phase II (NAMDP/Sahaj) in collaboration with Idea Studio Nepal announced applications open for ‘Sahaj Challenge Fund’. The announcement was made during a virtual Press Meet on January 18, 2022.

The first round of challenge fund will be used to solicit innovative ideas to address some of the most challenging problems and obstacles identified in logistics services and supply chain of agriculture in Province 1.

Sahaj Challenge Fund intends to contribute to increasing employment and value-add in the agricultural sectors (maize, dairy, vegetables and cardamom) of Province 1.

The fund will primarily issue grants to co-finance costs involved in developing and piloting new business models and solutions, reducing the commercial risk hurdle.

The total budget for round 1 of the Sahaj Challenge Fund is expected to be approx Rs 19.5 million. Support provided will be Rs 500,000 up to Rs 5 million.