The HMRP has greatly contributed in introducing, testing, and improving maize germplasm; validating and disseminating profitable crop management technologies; decentralizing source seed production; and producing and marketing seed production through Community Based Seed Production groups and cooperatives. Similarly, seed policy advocacy for an improved seed quality control system through public-private partnerships is an important activity of HMRP in Nepal. Gender Equity and Social Inclusion is the social focus of the project to ensure participation of resource-farmers, including women and other disadvantaged communities in maize participatory research and development activities.
Through strategic partnerships with the Nepal Agricultural Research Council, the Department of Agriculture, NGOs, private sectors and farmers groups/cooperatives, the HMRP has made significant impact on the livelihoods of project beneficiaries in the project districts. Some noticeable impacts:
- Seven high yielding and disease and drought tolerant maize varieties, including one QPM have been developed and released in Nepal, and several pipeline varieties are being tested and improved for release in the near future. For more detail.
- Protocols for maize crop and soil management technologies, including intercropping of maize with vegetables are being developed and tested in farmers fields for validation.
- CBSP has been successfully implemented in several remote hilly areas, ensuring seed self-sufficiency in the hills of Nepal.
- Improved crop and soil management technologies have been validated and successfully adopted by resource poor farmers.
- GESI has been a successful approach in reaching the unreached, especially women, Dalits and Janajatis.