Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) is the first State-owned and technical university of Nepal, established in accordance with the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) Bill enacted by the Parliament in 2010. The constituent campuses of Tribhuvan University, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS) and the Forestry Campus (Institute of Forestry-IOF) in Hetauda, together with Dean’s Office IAAS Rampur were merged, and AFU was established in Rampur, Chitwan. The university aims to produce highly skilled human resources required to promote education, research and development in agriculture, livestock, veterinary science, fisheries, forestry and allied disciplines. Similarly, it aims to contribute to all-round development of agriculture, livestock and forestry in order to raise the socio-economic conditions of rural people through quality teaching, research and extension. The university offers academic programs from bachelor to PhD level from different faculties and colleges. The faculty members of the university are also involved in research and development activities focusing on various issues related to agriculture and allied disciplines. The postgraduate students are contributing thesis and dissertation research to generate knowledge and technologies that address issues important to the nation’s agriculture, livestock, fisheries, and forestry sectors. The university has been following the tripartite mission (consisting of teaching, research and extension) under Land Grant Model. This Strategic Plan is proposed in order to provide the AFU with a forward-looking roadmap for the future, a future which includes society-serving research and extension functions.
The strategic planning process was initiated by the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) with a view to prepare its First Strategic Plan for the period 2013 – 2023 in the year 2012. This Second Strategy Plan 2023-2032 is an outcome of the rigorous exercise that comprised comprehensive review of the pertinent documents and numerous rounds of consultations with strategic partners, and organization of workshops that engaged national as well as international stakeholders. Near to the end of the first strategic planning period of the university, the second strategic planning procedures began to prepare this document. This strategy plan was prepared in technical support of different internal and external stakeholders at different stages of preparation. The plan presents the vision, mission, goals, objectives, strategic objectives and possible actions to accomplish the strategic objectives of the university. The Strategic Plan is the comprehensive phase-wise implementation plan for the university covering ten years planning period with special focus in teaching, research, extension, support activities, welfare services, digitalization and other aspects including sustainability. The Strategic Plan also provides some key directions for the AFU to pursue its integrated program of tripartite function in a systematic manner based on experience from the evaluation of the first Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan has also taken into consideration the national higher education policy and other related acts and rules; and Agriculture Development Strategy of the Country. The plan also offers a general frame of reference for mobilizing the University’s diverse human and physical capital in a rational manner for coming ten years.
AFU envisions becoming an eminent land grant model university for building Nepal into a food and nutrition secure, climate resilient, economically vibrant and socially equitable nation through the pursuit of education, research and extension.
AFU is committed to bring desirable changes in the quality of life of the people of Nepal through teaching, research and extension in the field of agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry.
The goal of the AFU is to lead the way in transforming agriculture and allied sector through education, research, and practical innovation, ultimately contributing to sustainable food production, environmental conservation, and the socio-economic development of agricultural communities.
The primary objective of the AFU is to provide students with comprehensive knowledge, practical skills, and innovative learning outcomes that enable them to make significant positive contributions in the fields of agriculture, animal sciences, veterinary sciences, fisheries and forestry. AFU aims to achieve the following objectives:
Academic Excellence: AFU strives to offer excellent academic programs in agriculture and related disciplines, ensuring that students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for highly qualified human resource required for running own enterprises, and leadership roles in the agricultural and allied sectors’ industry. The university aims to equip students with a deep understanding of agricultural principles, sustainable practices, and cutting-edge technologies.
Research Advancement: AFU is dedicated to conducting pioneering research in agriculture, animal sciences, fisheries and forestry, with a focus on addressing pressing challenges and developing innovative solutions. By promoting interdisciplinary research collaborations, the university aims to contribute to the scientific knowledge base, drive technological advancements, and improve agricultural practices.
Skill Development: AFU aims to enhance students' practical skills and experience through fieldwork, internships, and experiential learning opportunities. The university provides a supportive environment that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, fostering the development of skills necessary for success in diverse agricultural roles.
Industry Relevance: AFU maintains close collaborations with industry partners, farmers, and relevant stakeholders to ensure that its programs and research align with the needs and demands of the agriculture and allied sectors. By staying connected with the industry, the university seeks to produce graduates who are well-prepared to address real-world challenges and make meaningful contributions for the development of industry in agriculture and allied sectors.
Sustainable Practices: AFU promotes sustainable practices in agriculture and allied disciplines that prioritize environmental conservation, resource efficiency, and social equity. The university aims to educate students about the importance of sustainable agriculture, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to implement environmental friendly farming techniques and contribute to the creation of a more sustainable food system.
Community Engagement: AFU actively engages with the local community, rural populations, and relevant stakeholders through extension programs, outreach initiatives, and knowledge dissemination activities including strengthening of Agriculture Science Centers. The university aims to be a trusted resource, providing valuable information, expertise, and support to farmers, policymakers, and the broader community.
By pursuing these objectives, the Agriculture University strives to play a pivotal role in advancing the agricultural sector, producing skilled professionals, generating innovative research, and fostering sustainable practices that contribute to the overall development and prosperity of the community depending on agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry.