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.

November 07, 2017

A brief overview of Samarth's pig sector as a whole, as at 2018.


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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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March 23, 2018

A brief overview of Samarth's Media sector as a whole, as at 2018.


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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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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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November 07, 2017

During Programme Year Five, from April 2016 to end March 2017, Samarth-NMDP has solidified its interventions and has been able to record some impressive results at all levels of the log frame. At the impact level, the programme has made significant progress since year 4, reporting a total of 183,463 beneficiaries to date, nearly doubling the programme results to date. One-fourth of the results reported to date come from the Crop Protection Inputs sector, and Pigs, Vegetables, and Fish sectors have all reached between 20-30,000 beneficiaries each.

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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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March 23, 2018

A brief overview of Samarth's Tourism sector as a whole, as at 2018. 


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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 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

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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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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November 07, 2017

Highlighting the results achieved from year 5, April 2016-March 2018.

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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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October 28, 2015

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