Empowering Rural Producers in Commercial Agriculture (EPIC)

EPIC Nepal is part of an international initiative which is investigating the role of socio-legal empowerment which aims to promote small-scale producer agency. Through this, it aims for more sustainable and locally beneficial investments in commercial agriculture. The work in Nepal is based on a notion that any transition to a context in which investment in commercial agriculture is sustainable and locally beneficial, requires social transformation derived through action in three areas: enabling and empowering communities; mass mobilization / public opinion; and policy and governance. The EPIC project will engage with key policies shaping commercial agriculture and develop practical approaches to securing access to land and markets on more equitable terms; as well as generating evidence to further inform policy and practice.