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The COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

The land lock country Nepal is neighbored by two big countries China and India and has a total population of 29 Million. The geographical diversity of Nepal includes mountains, hills, and flat land, elevation ranging from 60 m to 8848 m (MSL), a wide range of climates and weathers according to altitude and seasons. Nepal is divided into 7 provinces and 77 districts. Nepal shares an open border with India where citizens can travel without a passport and on the other hand, the mountainous range in the northern limits the free flow of people with China.

Nepal is no exception from the COVID-19 pandemic which started from Wuhan, China in December 2019. The first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Nepal on 23 January 2020 by a person who traveled from abroad. As a major response to the corona crisis, the Government of Nepal applied lockdown from March 21, 2020. Lockdown was leveraged from June 15 for two months to ease the wider socio-economy stress. However, the confirmed casualties from corona escalated and therefore the strict lockdown has been applied from 17 August 2020 and the authority of lockdown has been given to the local government.

To read the full update on the current status of COVID-19 in Nepal, click here (document contains English as well as Nepali translation).

COVID-19 Resources

Food Industry FAQs

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COVID-19 Video FAQs International Series

  • COVID-19 is Not Foodborne (Nepali) – COVID-19 खाना मार्फत प्रसारित हुँदैन भनेर हामी कसरी पक्का हुन सक्छौं? सिक्नुहोस् किन COVID-१ food खाद्यजनित रोग होईन र यो कसरी व्यक्तिबाट अर्कोमा सर्छ।

COVID-19 Rapid Response Project

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL) is working to address COVID-19 related food safety and food security challenges in five target countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, and Senegal). There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging, but the food industry must implement technical, organizational and personnel measures to manage risks associated with COVID-19. It is particularly important to reduce person-to-person transmission in all parts of the food system (e.g., farming, harvest, slaughter, processing) thereby reducing disruptions in the supply chain, preventing shutdowns of processing facilities and sustaining a safe food supply.

Learn more about the project here.

Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Jaya Kumar GurungDr. Jaya Kumar Gurung

Executive Director, Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI)

Jaya Kumar Gurung is a development specialist with demonstrated long-term expertise multifaceted development projects. His 25 years of experience highlight different capacities in Project implementation, Project Monitoring, and Evaluation, Executive Advisor, Information Communication Technology Expert mainly in multi-stakeholder projects, within the local government as well as with international development agencies. The integration of cross-sectoral development and policy implication, environmental compliances, ecological auditing, and sustainable development covers his major scopes of expertise.  

Currently, Jaya holds the role of Executive Director at Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI), coordinating the number of remote surveys. Apart from the overall coordination of various national and international projects, his roles include the development of the Project Implementation Framework as well as results-based Monitoring and Evaluation Strategies. He provides guidance and oversight to team leaders, evaluation teams, and other staff members on client relations, budgeting and expenses, evaluation activities, and on-the-ground logistics.

Dr. Gurung is coordinating the number of initiatives being taken to manage the COVID-19 issue in Nepal. He is facilitating regular virtual seminars being organized by NDRI and by the Covid-19 Control Support Network Group (CCSNG). CCSNG is closely supporting the Corona Crisis Management Center (CCMC) which is a high-level coordination committee, apex authority formed by Nepal Government to address this pandemic.


Nepal Development Research Institute

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