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.

Current Interventions

1. Create Business Enabling Environment      

2.Supply Chain Management

3. Reduce Post-harvest Loss

 

Related Resources

March 23, 2018
Due to the lack of feasible or suitable business model for this area in Nepal, wholesalers and traders in the region have little incentive to invest in smallholder farmers as the majority of them are unable to meet the demand of the traders/wholesalers. The Samarth team’s studies highlighted that the major issues both farmers and traders were facing collectively was a failure to successfully aggregate vegetables as well as access the market itself.
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.

November 07, 2017

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

 

October 11, 2017

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. 

March 17, 2017

This case study explores the impact of political affliciations of farmers on the supply chain and how to adapt the buisness model accordingly to deal with political change and the local context.