The Himalayan Rabbit Farm - The Rabbit Enterprise For
Self-reliance of Low-Income People
"Rabbit Farm – Fast and Efficient Way to Generate Sustainable Income"
Nepal has one of the lowest Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) indexes in the world. In 2016, South Korea ranked 49th in the world with a PPP of $35,790, while Nepal ranked 187th with $2,520*.
Rabbit farming has been proven to be one of the best strategies to address the country’s food insecurity problem, offering employment to youth, controlling foreign migration, and reducing the dependency on meat imports by offering a healthy meat option. Because of the minimal investment of money and time required to setup the farm, and the potential to utilize local resources, rabbit farming is very promising.
Nowadays, the agriculture sector is one of the most important sectors in the Nepalese economy. The devastating earthquake in 2015 caused much damage to the existing agricultural infrastructure. Consequently, low agricultural productivity is a challenge in Nepal. Farming & manufacturing farming products are highly promoted by the Nepalese government. In addition, farmers in Nepal face many other challenges including high production costs and low access to technology and finance.
The Himalayan Rabbit Farm(HRF) was started in 2012 as the first commercial rabbit farm in Nepal. The farmers have been trained in rabbit production focusing on utilizing locally available resources such as hutch construction and utilization of barren lands for forage production for feeding rabbits. In result, HRF provided quality training to more than 500 farmers from 11 districts of Nepal and contributed to establish more than 300 small-scale rabbit production units.
*For more information about the economic situation in Nepal, please refer to the Global Business Knowledge website.
[Women Receiving Breeding Stock After Receiving Training From HRF]
2. Project Summary
|Goal||Create job opportunities for low-income farmers in peri-urban areas of Kathmandu |
|Problem||High unemployment rate among women in Kathmandu and |
lack of sustainable income for small farmers
|Solution|| Provide multiple income-earning opportunities for farmers by operating rabbit farm|
|Funding Usage Plan||The funding will boost existing businesses and |
improve the quality of the product & training system
“I lost my house, 3 of my neighbors died, a cow was killed during the earthquake of 2015. I was worried about the ways to generate income. After I started rabbit farming, now I am getting healthy meat to feed my 5 years old son and make an income of $ 50/month which is helping me to buy milk for him and celebrate his birthday.”
- Sarita Tamang, 30, Tarkeshwor Municipality Chogau-
[HRF's Training Program]
The Himalayan Rabbit Farm (HRF) started with 25 does (female rabbits) which established farm of 600 doe capacity farms including its farm and the farmers they trained. Moreover, more than 80% of their Currently, they are supplying to 20 clients (restaurants, hotels and meat shops). Regarding to the market potential, the rabbit meat is being sold in the local markets in the areas they have trained and supported. With the increase in demand for rabbit breeds by the aspiring rabbit farmers from different parts of Nepal and demand for rabbit meat by many eateries, there is a great opportunity in this sector.
[HRF's Breeding Cage]
[HRF Buying Back The Rabbits Produced By The Farmers]
[To Processing Facility]
3. Social Impact Analysis
|Employment||Created job opportunities for 300 small scale farmers||Goal 1: No poverty|
|Education||Empowering women by providing quality training program||Goal 4: Quality Education|
|Human Right||Most of the rabbit farmers are vulnerable women||Goal 5: Gender Equality|
*This project is in alliance with SDGs adopted by the UN. Please refer to the UN website for further details
4. How Your Impact Donation Will Be Used
With the funds raised through The Bridge’s crowd funding platform, HRF can establish a standardized breeding center, which is very important to upgrade the quality of the breeds produced in different areas of Nepal. Moreover, investment (Impact Donation) in the hutches will help to increase its capacity to produce and distribute rabbits more widely. The installation of a vacuum pack machine at the farm will help to do the branding of our product, reducing the cost and hurdles of transporting the rabbits toother places for processing. For the training and monitoring, HRF will regularly visit 10 ~ 15 existing medium scale rabbit farms to check the performance of their farm and train and suggest the best method.
|Site Clearance and landscaping||$1,000 (33%)|
|Install rabbit hutches for breeding||$960 (32%)|
|Training & monitoring rabbit farmers||$240 (8%)|
|Installation of vacuum pack machine||$800 (27%)|
The Himalayan Rabbit Farm Offers Multiple Income-Earning Opportunities For Vulnerable Women By Operating Rabbit Farm.
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‘The Himalayan Rabbit Farm’ (HRF): establishing a standardized breeding unit to create entrepreneurial opportunities for youths & women engaged in rabbit farming.