The Vegetable sector has an immense poverty reduction potential in Nepal because of high, unmet domestic demand and the potential for net import substitution from neighboring countries - especially India. The sector also has high potential to benefit disadvantaged communities.
The sector, however, is constrained by low adoption rate of high quality seeds; lack of access to and informed choice of the use of other inputs such as agrochemicals; highly informal and fragmented trade in inputs and produce; and limited aggregation of vegetables at local level.
To address these constraints, Samarth-NMDP works to improve the functioning of the inputs market by stimulating demand and supply of high quality seeds and other inputs; and facilitate private sector investment in organized aggregation and marketing of produces, focusing on the hilly region.
These two interventions are supplemented by cross-cutting interventions: promoting mechanization in farming practice; and using media to raise awareness amongst farmers on financial and nutritional benefits of vegetable farming.
1. Create Business Enabling Environment
2.Supply Chain Management
3. Reduce Post-harvest Loss