Incident Reports

Protest against government’s decision to allow FDI in agriculture

2021-01-24

Province 3, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

Seen in the pictures below are protesters objecting the government’s decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the agricultural sector of the country.

The government had published a notice in the Nepal Gazette on January 4, paving the way for foreign investors to invest in large agricultural industries with a mandatory provision of exporting at least 75 per cent of their production.

According to the notice, FDI had been allowed for livestock farming, fisheries, bee farming, vegetables and fruits farming, oil, pulses, dairy industry, among other agricultural sectors.

However, the Supreme Court issued an interim order on Tuesday, January 19, directing the government not to implement the decision to allow foreign investment in the country’s agricultural sector.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Access/control of economic markets (syndicates, market relocation)
Actor 1 - Number of people N
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people N
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media

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