NAPA Book Project

Editorial Board

Dr. Drona P Rasali
Position: Chair


Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina (Canada) and former Senior Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Nepal

Dr. Megha N Parajulee
Position: Member


Professor, Faculty Fellow, and Texas A&M Regents Fellow. Texas A&M University, AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Dr. Raju Adhikari
Position: Member


Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing, Adjunct A/Prof RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Ram Acharya
Position: Member

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA

Dr. Uma Karki
Position: Member


Research Associate Professor and State Extension Livestock Specialist, Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA

Dr. Prem Bhandari
Position: Managing Editor


Social Demographer, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Michigan, USA; Adjunct Professor, Agriculture and Forestry, Nepal


Call for Expressions of Interests

For a book tentatively entitled as "Sustainable, Safe and Healthy Food in Nepal: Principles and Practices of Food Security"

The Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals in Americas (NAPA) invites contributions as author(s)/co-author(s) from academics, researchers, and practitioners to chapter(s) under one of the chosen theme areas of the book to be published by NAPA to support the food security in Nepal.


  • Food sustainability
  • Food sufficiency
  • Food safety
  • Food for healthy living


  • Deadline for submission of expression of interest: June 30, 2017.
  • Letter of acceptance sent to the author(s) on or before July 31, 2017.
  • Deadline for full chapter submission: November 30, 2017.
  • Book Publication Project Committee will notify further deadlines at later dates.

Rationale for the proposed book:

Food is a universal prerequisite for sustaining life and an essential determinant of healthy living. At the same time, if it is not safe to eat, it can create a grave danger to human life. These three aspects of food security constitute the key components of a complex food system. Nepal's food supply chain is even more complicated due to diversity in geographic, agro-climatic and socio-economic conditions across the country. Moreover, the vast majority of the people, who live in rural areas mostly under subsistence economy, are facing serious challenges in sustaining their livelihoods ensuring food security in the midst of the increasingly globalized world economy.
The current state of food system in terms of nourishing the people of Nepal is less than optimal. In order to nourish the country's ever growing population, a sustainable food production, processing, preservation, distribution, marketing, accessing and consumption of food in sufficient, safe, healthy and equitable manner is essential. The whole gamut of these processes that are largely controlled by the market infrastructure and forces can also be considerably influenced by healthy public policies, programs, services and innovative technologies.

Target readership:
1. Planners, policy makers and decision makers at various levels of the government
2. Non-governmental organizations program officers
3. Agricultural officers and food economists
4. Faculty and graduate level students of food security and food systems
5. Civic leaders and intellectuals
6. Food industries, retailers and suppliers and
7. Food hospitality stakeholders

For further information regarding the theme areas, table of contents and /or any other queries, interested authors and co-authors are requested to contact the project committee member-secretary by email at: