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Overview 

Nepal’s economy is largely dependent on agricultural business, which accounts for 36% of GDP and absorbs about two-thirds of the labour market. About 30% of Nepal’s total land is used for agricultural purposes. The major cash crops are oilseed, potato, tobacco, sugarcane, jute, cotton, and rubber; and the major cereal crops are paddy, maize, millet, wheat, barley, and buckwheat. Cardamom, ginger, garlic, turmeric, silk cocoons, honey and mushroom are also cultivated in copious amounts. 

Even though Nepal is endowed with the resources needed for high land productivity, many households, particularly in the mountainous regions of Nepal, experience food shortages for 4–9 months a year. More than 50% of the districts in Nepal are considered food-deficient by FAO. 

  • Nepal’s trade deficit has been growing from 27.2% of GDP import in 2007/08 to 41.3% of GDP import in 2017/2018 versus 7.2% of GDP export in 2007/08 to 2.7% of GDP export in 2017/18. 
  • Manufacturers/wholesalers and major retailers are concentrated in the Terai district (Kailali and Kanchanpur), in the hill and mountain districts there some can be found in district headquarters, while in Karnali province very few are available, only in the capital Surkhet 


Nepal Ministry of Finance Marco economic indicators

WFP Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping (VAM)

Department of Hydrology and Meteorology – Flood forecasting Section  

For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link:4.10 Nepal Supplier Contact List

Retail Sector 

The Federation of Nepal Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) is a national umbrella organization in Nepal for business organizations, with a large national network of retailers, wholesalers, traders, manufacturers and food processing companies

Types of Retailers Available 

Type of Retailer 

Rank 

(1-5, where 1 is the most commonly used by the population, and 5 is the least commonly used)

Supermarket – concentrates mainly in supplying a range of food, beverage, cleaning and sanitation products; have significant purchasing power; are often part of national/regional/global chains. 

Rural area: n/a 

Urban area:  3 

Convenience Store/Mini Market – medium sized shop; offers a more limited range of products than supermarkets; usually has good/stable purchasing power; may be part of chain or cooperative. 

Rural area: n/a  
Urban area:  5 

Permanent shop with strong supply capacity – individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; good storage and reliable supply options. 

Rural area: 3 
Urban area:  1 

Permanent shop with limited supply capacity – individually/family owned store; offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; limited storage and unstable supply options. 

Rural area: 1  
Urban area:  2 

Mobile Shop/Market Stand – individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; may be found at outdoor markets, camps or unstable environments. 

Rural area: 2  
Urban area:  4 

 

Supermarket chain stores are mostly limited to Kathmandu. Some of the largest chain stores, such as BhatbhateniSaleways and KK Supermarket are expanding to other cities in Nepal. International supermarket brands have not yet established stores in Nepal. Below are listed some of the largest supermarkets that have more as one outlet and offer local and imported consumer goods, food, beverages, cleaning and sanitation products: 

  • Bhatbhateni supermarket and departmental store (9 outlets in Kathmandu/Lalitpur, plus stores in Biratnagar, Bhaktapur, Butwal, Bharatpur, Dharan, Pokhara) 
  • Saleways supermarkets (2 outlets in Kathmandu/Lalitpur, 2 stores in Pokhara) 
  • Big Mart supermarket, (at least 5 outlets in Kathmandu/Lalitpur) 
  • KK Mart (5 convenience stores in Kathmandu/Lalitpur 
  • Bluebird mart (2 outlets in Kathmandu)  

Wholesale – Federation of Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industry  

The FNCCI has wholesale suppliers as members at national and district level. FNCCI is active in all provinces of Nepaland its membership includes wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers and food processing companies

Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

Kailali chamber of commerce and Industry 

Address 

Stadium road Dhangadi-1,Kailali, Nepal 

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity? 

 

Yes  (this is a federation and has members of both suppliers and production) 

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 

Yes (yes through retailer shop members) 

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 

No 

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 

Yes  

Approximate Turnover in MT 

800 - 1000 MT/day  

Payment Methods Accepted 

Cash and Cheque  

Other Comments or Key Information 

This is the federation at national and district level  

 

Other Locations 

Region(s) 

Service Location(s) 

Kanchanpur Chember of Commerce and Industry  

Kanchanpur 

Baitadi Chember of Commerce and Industry 

Baitadi  

Darchula Chember of Commerce and Industry  

Darchula 

Bajang  Chember of Commerce and Industry 

Bajang  

Dadeldhura chamber of commerce and industry 

Dadeldhura 

Doti Chamber of commerce and industry  

Doti  

Bajura Chamber of commerce and industry 

Bajura  

Achham chamber of Commerce and Industry 

Achham  

 

Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

Durga Bhagwati Interprises 

Address 

Birendranagar-6 Surkhet 

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity? 

No  

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 

Yes   

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 

Yes  

 

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 

Yes  

Approximate Turnover in MT 

400 MT/month 

Payment Methods Accepted 

Cash/Cheque 

Other Comments or Key Information 


Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

New Ramesh Kirana Pasal 

Address 

Birendranagar-4 Surkhet 

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity?  

No  

 

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 

Yes  

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 

Yes  

 

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 

Yes  

Approximate Turnover in MT 

 

300 MT  

Payment Methods Accepted 

Cash/Cheque 

Other Comments or Key Information 


 Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

Pradhan Store 

Address 

Birendranagar-6 Surkhet 

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity? 

No 

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 

 

Yes 

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 

Yes 

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 

Yes 

Approximate Turnover in MT 

 

250 MT/month  

Payment Methods Accepted 

Cash/Cheque 

Other Comments or Key Information 

 

 

Primary Goods / Commodities Available 

Commodities by Type** 

(SITC Rev 4 Division Code - Title) 

Comments 

00 - Live animals (other than fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.) 

Buffalo, Sheep , goats, swine, poultry, Duck e.t.c  

A small quantity is imported from India and China and around 80% is produced locally. 25% of meat consumption is in festival season during October/November.    

01 - Meat and meat preparations 

Meat of bovine animals, meat of sheep, dried or smoked meat of swine, sausage 

There is no large meat processing industry in Nepal, but one can find small butcher shops everywhere in the city and rural area.  

02 - Dairy products and birds’ eggs 

Milk, yogurt, butter, cheese, egg 

Chicken/egg farms is a growing business in  Nepal, Kathmandu & Sudurpashchim In rural areas agricultural families often own one or two cows, buffalo, goats and some chickens per household. 

03 - Fish (not marine mammals), crustaceans, molluscs… 

Fish (chilled or frozen), fish (salted or in brine), fish liver and roes 

Fish culture is an emerging enterprise in the Terai with rainbow trout in the hills and in the lower mountains. River fish is also imported from India.  

04 - Cereals and cereal preparations 

Wheat, rice, flour of maize, pasta, pulse, noodles  

Produced at local level. Import of fine rice from India has been growing. High quality pulses are exported, while lower quality lentils are imported from India (pasta is imported). 

05 - Vegetables and fruit 

Vegetables, fruit and nuts, jams/jellies, fruit juice 

Local fruits are about 10% of the market, with the rest dominated by imports of apple from China and banana, orange, mango and grapes from India. 

06 - Sugars, sugar preparations and honey 

Sugars (beet or cane) raw, natural honey, fruit/nuts preserved by sugar. 

Honey is emerging as export product for Nepal. Sugar is imported from India. 

07 - Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof 

Coffee, cocoa, chocolate, tea, mate, pepper  

Nepal Exports Tea, Coffee, cardamom, turmeric and cinnamon, but imports cocoa, chocolate and pepper 

09 - Miscellaneous edible products and preparations 

Ready-to-eat foods, margarine, sauces, soups and broths, yeast 

Instant Noodles and ready-to-eat beaten rice (known as chiura) are very common in Nepal  

41 - Animal oils and fats 

lard, fats and oils  

Not a significant market  

42/43 - Fixed vegetable fats and oils, crude, refined or fractionated 

Soya bean oil, olive oil, mustard oil, sunflower and vegetable oil.  

Some raw materials (soy, mustard seed) are sourced locally, but most is imported (sunflower, palm, soy) and refined and produced locally and sold locally. 


**For non-FOOD products please see section 3.5.2 Additional Suppliers, and for FUEL/PETROLEUM products please see section 3.1 Fuel. 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.  

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider. 


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