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.

March 24, 2014

Samarth-NMDP has set out to lay the foundations for improving the enabling environment, for inclusive growth in the pig sector. A critical first step in this initiative was to bring together – for the first ever time in Nepal – public and private actors engaged in the industry, to identify challenges and issues facing pork production and marketing, with a long-term view to have the industry themselves drive the identification of critical policy issues required to unlock growth.


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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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April 20, 2016
Lamjung: Department of Tourism, Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme and Annapurna Conservation Area Programme have jointly started a field study of the damage caused by last year’s devastating earthquake along the Annapurna Trekking Circuit as part of the government’s initiative to take stock of the loss and to plan reconstruction.
June 06, 2016

Samarth is constructing 15 community seed storage facilities in 3 districts: Makwanpur, Tanahu and Lamjung, in response to the April/May 2015 earthquakes with support from UK aid

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November 09, 2016

Majority of small pig farmers of Nepal are from marginalized underprivileged groups.  As per the agriculture census of 2011, there were 5, 40,000 households rearing pigs (mostly less than two) in Nepal. When the pig program of Samarth-NMDP was launched in 2012, there were only 40 registered pig farms. Today, there are more than 1200 registered pig farms scattered around the hills and the plains of Nepal.

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November 09, 2016

An infographic of the gradual progress and milestones in the pig sector after Samarth-NMDP's intervention to uplift the sector.

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March 24, 2014

Using a market systems development approach, Samarth-NMDP has started working with private companies to improve the productivity of pond aquaculture, through improved fish feed. Samarth-NMDP has been helping to innovate new business models for feed manufacturers, to diversify their product offerings and develop viable distribution/marketing mechanism

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June 12, 2015
From the preliminary reports received, there is damage to equipment and buildings, with an estimated seven processors and 26 chilling centres now out of service as a result. Sindhupalchok suffered most of the damage with 18 chilling centers reported to be non-operational during the time of assessment. DDC, the only processor of yak cheese in the country had six cheese production centers completely damaged.
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September 22, 2015

This manual sets out Samarth-NMDP’s Results Measurement System and explains how results are monitored and measured across the programme. The manual is intended primarily as an internal document and as a guideline for teams involved in the design, implementation and management of interventions. 

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April 21, 2016

Samarth-NMDP in partnership with the Nepal government, organized a government level visit with the Bhutanese government to discuss trade opportunities between the two nations. With the local economy dwindling due to the earthquake, the political embargo disrupting the already existing markets and the importance of exporting goods a key factor for a sustainable economy, this bilateral trade talks with the Bhutanese government is a step towards opening doors to better opportunities for future growth.  


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June 10, 2016

VRC slaughter-shed, the first of its kind in the eastern region of Nepal, was inaugurated amidst a small function in Manglabarey, Dharan, on 28th May, 2016 by the Regional Directorate of Livestock Services Dr Sudarshan Prasad Regmi. Smallholder pig farmers of surrounding areas will be the sole providers of pigs for this slaughter-shed based in Dharan – the largest city in terms of pork consumption. 

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November 29, 2016

Post disaster, deaths and injuries as well as damages to buildings and service delivery stations, greatly affected agriculture service delivery. As per the National Planning Commission report, the post disaster recovery needs for the period covering 2015-16 in agriculture inputs alone is estimated to be NRs 2,755 million.

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March 24, 2014

Samarth-NMDP has partnered with the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), and the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Management Council (KCAMC). Under these partnerships, activities such as trail maintenance, capacity building and awareness trainings, construction of trail bridges and porter shelters, and installation of information boards and directional signage will be carried out. Ownership of infrastructure facilities will rest with the relevant District Development Committees (DDCs) and Village Development Committees (VDCs).

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June 12, 2015
Functioning markets for goods, services and commodities are essential for development and growth. Hence, in the wake of a disaster, early market recovery is crucial in ensuring sustainable recovery. In Nepal, agriculture is an important sector, providing employment opportunities to 66 percent of the population and contributing to 35 percent in the GDP. It is therefore critical that agricultural markets be considered and supported in early disaster recovery following the recent earthquakes.
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October 28, 2015

Video on artificial insemination in pigs using frozen semen to aid pig entrepreneurs to produce pedigree pig breeds in Nepal.

April 21, 2016

 A field visit was planned for His Excellency Richard Morris, British ambassador to Nepal, in Kaski district from 10 to 11 December, 2015, to showcase Samarth’s work in Pokhara and Dhampus, particularly in pig and tourism sector respectively. 

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June 21, 2016

Access to finance has always been a limiting factor in the sales of small agriculture machinery. Farmers don’t have easy access to finance and hence are not able to purchase machines that reduce cost and increase productivity. Providing access to finance at a reasonable interest rate could potentially lead to increase in the use and sales of agriculture machinery. To connect local financial cooperatives with agriculture machinery suppliers, two workshops were held on June 1st and June 2nd in Ilam and Jhapa respectively. Click the button below to read more:

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December 02, 2016
In line with Samarth – NMDP program's aims to improve the underlying pro-poor performance of tourism in Nepal and usher in systemic changes to how the industry operates, the creation of a framework was needed to bring improvement in the standards (product and service delivery) and market performance of enterprises through certification of core tourism ventures, which will ultimately result in the increase of income for rural tourism workers and entrepreneurs.
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March 24, 2014

Marketing strategies adopted by importers of mini-tillers have, so far, not been able to reach out to the farmers of the hills in reducing their skepticism, informing the benefits of mini-tillers and making mini-tillers and repair services accessible. Samarth-NMDP has therefore, partnered with one of the importers of mini-tillers, based on their willingness and capacity,  to pilot the business advisory services such as farmer-focused service provision, improved investment in after-sales and repairs, and collaboration with local government and extension officers for social marketing.

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