SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grant Programme

Spatial Modeling of Climate Change Impacts on Two Major Cash Crops in Nepal

The project on spatial modeling of climate change impacts on two major cash crops - banana and coffee - will be implemented in Nepal by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal and the Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies at Kunming Institute of Botany under the SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grant programme. 

Under the programme, HELVETAS-Nepal will develop a geospatially articulated methodology to model projected impacts on bioclimatic conditions and productivity of high-value agricultural crops. The project will also provide interactive content through a dedicated knowledge platform to improve understanding of potential impacts of climate change on high-value cash crops in Nepal for policy dialogue and sub-sector planning. 

The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the flagship of SERVIR-Himalaya. SERVIR is a regional visualization and monitoring system that integrates Earth observations such as satellite imagery and forecast models with in situ data and other information for timely decision making. SERVIR-Himalaya is implemented by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). 

Based on field work, and ecological niche and other spatial modelling approaches, the project will determine the current scope of banana and coffee and evaluate the potential impact of climate change on the spatial suitability and productivity of these crops. The project results, including a series of geospatially referenced map products, will be visualized and disseminated through an online knowledge platform to support adaptation and mitigation planning and policy dialogue and to promote informed and scientifically based decision making. The methodology will be documented in detail so that it can later be applied to other important crops such as tea and cardamom and new crops such as nuts (e.g., walnuts, macadamia, hazel, and almonds).

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is implementing other value chain projects besides banana and coffee. It is expected that lessons learned from direct implementation and close interaction with local stakeholders, combined with the high scientific calibre of the Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies, will generate high-quality outputs.