Samarth-NMDP is committed to sharing its best practices and lessons learned. In this section, you will find our most recent updates from the field, various case studies, research as well as more technical documents related to our programme.

June 04, 2015

Samarth-NMDP is a market development programme, and was commencing year 4 of a five year programme at the time of the earthquake.

The worst affected sectors in which Samarth works were Dairy, Vegetables and Crop Protection (agri-inputs). Within these worst affected sectors, Samarth supported market players - mainly associations that represent these industries - to conduct a rapid market analysis to understand the impact of the disaster on their markets. Using the findings of this rapid analysis, Samarth-NMDP is developing interventions which can assist in the recovery of these markets to safeguard productive assets such as livestock, and recover income generation opportunities for poor smallholders. For activities which are beyond the scope of Samarth’s market development mandate -i.e. market-led relief - the programme is assisting in the development of concept papers for other aid actors to support.

July 29, 2015
NEPAL – One of the most popular trekking areas of Nepal has been given the green light by experts three months after powerful earthquakes rocked the country.  The first official report on earthquake-related damage in the Annapurna region has been welcomed by the Government of Nepal, trekking companies, and development agencies behind the assessment, who regard it as an important step towards the country’s economic recovery.
 
March 23, 2016

Explore the grandeur of the Himalayas, experience the hospitality of rural villages and challenge yourself with rugged adventures.

May 24, 2016

Kanchanjunga Radio, one of the media partners of Samarth-NMDP, started to air interactive agriculture programmes to bring the woes of the farmers of Gaurigunj to the fore. Samarth had provided the station with training and mentoring support as well as partial programme start-up cost to make the programmes audience driven, participative and field based, following the principles of ethical journalism. 

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August 31, 2016
Nepal is the third largest ginger producer in the world with an annual production of approximately 250,000 MT1. Despite being rich in climatic conditions that is suitable for the production of quality ginger, the current production is far below its potential. Difficulties in accessing post-harvest technologies and lack of information about the quality of Nepalese indigenous ginger cultivars are some of the major constraints that needs to be addressed to bolster trade and marketing of ginger.
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December 20, 2013

In March 2013, Rojina was one of the many who attended a demonstration on disease management in ginger that was organized by Crop Pro Tech (CPT) - a private company that sells agricultural inputs. Earlier that year, CPT received training from Samarth-NMDP, a DFID-funded market systems development programme working to stimulate pro-poor growth across a range of agricultural sectors.

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June 04, 2015

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rattled Nepal on 25 April, 2015 has made a major impact on the dynamics of various sectors of the country, including tourism. Tourist numbers are down by about 90%, bookings are being cancelled, and some of the tourism monuments and attractions have been fully or partially damaged. This will have further implications on the jobs and the revenue that the sector is providing to the country. The sheer amount of recovery effort required to rebuild destinations and gain visitors’ confidence stands at billions, even with the provisional estimates.

Post-quake, health and safety surfaces as a critical issue on destination image, not just as safety hazards from the monuments/ buildings around heritage sites but also in terms of safety issues in the trekking areas - with possible threats from avalanches and landslides.

The Samarth-NMDP tourism portfolio thus has revisited its interventions with a three pronged strategy to support recovery, redevelopment and repositioning of Nepal, in alignment with government and private sector priorities. At the recovery phase, the programme will support independent assessment of unaffected areas through third party certification and development of communication platform - aiming industry and clients. At the recovery phase, it aims to introduce Safe Trekking System that will ultimately help reposition Nepal as a safe and secure destination among international visitors.

July 31, 2015
One of Nepal’s most popular trekking areas has been given the green light by experts, three months after the country was rocked by powerful earthquakes.
 
The first official report on earthquake-related damage in the Annapurna region has been welcomed by the Nepalese government, as well as trekking companies and development agencies, who labelled it an important step towards the country’s economic recovery.
 
April 12, 2016

Ginger is one of the sectors in which Samarth-NMDP is focusing its efforts for strategic development to have a positive and sustainable impact on poor farmers and rural entrepreneurs in Nepal. Realizing the importance of ginger export industry as one of the pillars of the strategy to develop the sector, Samarth embarked on a study to assess opportunities of Nepalese ginger and its derivative products in the international market, namely Japan, Dubai and the Netherlands.

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May 24, 2016

At present, the quality of Nepal’s physical destination facilities and service delivery do not meet expectations of higher paying international visitors who consequently opt to travel elsewhere. 

Additionally, the 2015 earthquake is deferring interest due to safety concerns and the few visitors that do travel to Nepal are able to push rates down creating an unsustainable shift towards a low value model.

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November 03, 2016

Impacts of poor quality of raw milk are reflected in short shelf-life of processed products, limited range of finished dairy products in the market, reduced opportunity to supply milk in export markets, and additional costs incurred in food preparation which is borne by the processors and the consumers. In order to address the above-mentioned constraints, Samarth-NMDP is building the capacity of the stakeholders to improve the quality standards of raw milk through an action research on the raw milk supply chain in six pilot sites.

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January 28, 2014

On July 2013, Chinumaya was approached by the agro-vet, to establish her land as a tomato demonstration plot for 2 varieties of high quality tomato seeds - Unsari and Shrijana - suitable for that specific ecological region, in ½ ropani of her land. Along with Chinumaya, 30 other farmers received training from the agro-vet on commercial vegetable farming, which included seed production, nursery management, integrated pest management and information on off-season vegetables.

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June 10, 2015

The disaster affected the entire vegetable sector value chain in the affected districts to varying degrees. According to FEFVEN assessments, the most affected areas with regards to the vegetable sector are Sindupalchok, Gorkha and Dolakha where the market for vegetables is considered by the Federation to be non-functional/completely disrupted. In these areas, there have been disruptions to transport infrastructure (road/bridges), transport provision, labour, and agro-vet services and hence producers are facing difficulties in accessing markets to sell their vegetables and to buy inputs.

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August 04, 2015

In line with Samarth’s Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategy, this qualitative study was carried out to investigate the actual situation of women in vegetable farming households. This information would help Samarth’s vegetable sector team to fine-tune interventions so that they actually reach and benefit these women, and to ensure that impact upon women at the household level can be measured.

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April 19, 2016

Following the April earthquake, Samarth-NMDP - through its GHT campaign - ramped up its marketing efforts in order to lessen the impact of the earthquake on the 2015 tourist high season.  Samarth partnered with Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA), an association that promotes adventure travel throughout the world, to create a themed week – Adventure Week Rebound Nepal - to promote positive global media attention.

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June 03, 2016

Samarth built 1000 livestock sheds in 3 districts - 600 in Makwanpur, 300 Lamjung and 100 in Tanahun, in response to the April/Ma y earthquake with support from UK aid

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November 09, 2016
Until recently, the pig sector had been largely overlooked by the government agencies, agricultural institutions and donor agencies as a development tool to improve the living standards of underprivileged farmers. The sector was dominated by subsistence farming and t
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March 11, 2014
In the first part of the paper, the authors set out the tools and processes that a DFID-funded programme in Nepal, Samarth-NMDP, uses to help deal with market system 'messiness', building on existing good practice inmonitoring and results measurement from the DCED Standard. The second part of the paper details experiences of using these tools and processes during the programme’s first eighteen months of
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June 10, 2015

The most critical effects are at the downstream end of the input supply chain – the links between wholesaling functions, retailing functions and producer end users. The chain has been seriously disrupted, with missing storage functions and degraded physical retail infrastructure, with labour redirected to rebuilding and other tasks.

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September 17, 2015

The partnership between the GHT and Yeti Airlines/Tara Air is a reflection of the private sector's support to the GHT and its objectives. Tara Air's new airplane provides improved passenger standards and increased safety specifications that form a real example of the quality of Nepal's new tourism products. The route network of Yeti Airlines/ Tara Air offers tourists access to all the gateways along the GHT. 

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