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.
This flyer is a brief introduction to Great Himalaya Trails branding, promoting sustainable tourism in the country.
Though Nepal is the third largest ginger producer in the world with high export potential in the international spice market, ginger exports is only limited to India with little or no value addition. There is a general lack of market information on quality parameters of ginger grown across Nepal. This has been identified as a major constraint for marketing Nepali ginger to wider export markets comprising of industrial buyers in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic business.
In the mid-hills of Nepal, ginger farming is one of the most significant sources of cash income for poor smallholders. The net incomes of farmers involved in ginger cultivation is significantly higher than that in competing crops, such as rice and fresh vegetables. However, over a third of Nepali ginger producers fall below the poverty line, many of whom face both geographic and social exclusion.One of the most significant constraints facing producers relates to disease management – an estimated 50% of ginger farmers in Nepal suffer from disease in their crops.
Samarth NMDP shared the experiences and learnings on different interventions under pig, fish and vegetable sectors in a half-day workshop organized by MDFN on 14th September, 2017.
The forage video is used as a training material for showcasing forage cultivation as a commercial business and to inform dairy farmers about the benefits of feeding forage. It is targeted at smallholder dairy farmers who have very less information about forage cultivation and feeding practices. This may help potential farmers who want to engage in forage production, not only for their cattle but also sell surplus forage.
A brief overview of Samarth's Crops Protection Inputs sector as a whole, as at 2018.
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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.
As part of adopting a market systems approach to development, Samarth-NMDP has been working with private companies to stimulate more sustainable access to quality forage seed for smallholder producers. In collaboration with public agencies, Samarth-NMDP has been helping to innovate a new business model for private seed companies to diversify into forage seed production and sales. Now, for the first time in Nepal, seven seed companies have begun a contract farming arrangement with seed multipliers for the commercial production of a summer forage seed.
A brief overview of Samarth's pig sector as a whole, as at March 2018.
In Nepal, 55% of the population still lives on less than $1.25 per day, and 78% on less than $2 a day: gender and social exclusion have been found to be drivers of poverty3. Inequalities have also increased with a rise in the Gini coefficient (from 0.34 to 0.41 between 1995 and 2004), and it is clear that poverty continues to affect social groups to differing degrees. A recent report on gender disparities concluded that Nepal is one is the least equal countries in the world – ranking 115th out of 1344.
A brief overview of Samarth's Livestock Feed sector as a whole, as at 2018.
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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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.
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.
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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