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 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.

April 28, 2016

A market assessment conducted by Samarth-NMDP in the far-western region of Nepal confirmed that poor linkage between smallholder farmers and the market is a major constraint in the sector, particularly in the hills and mid-hills of Nepal. Traders operating in these districts typically collect vegetables only from those farmers close to their collection points. Farmers of remote villages have no option but to walk for hours to reach the main market.

August 04, 2015

In line with Samarth’s Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategy, this qualitative study was carried out to investigate the actual situation of women in vegetable farming households. This information would help Samarth’s vegetable sector team to fine-tune interventions so that they actually reach and benefit these women, and to ensure that impact upon women at the household level can be measured.

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.

June 04, 2015

Samarth-NMDP is a market development programme, and was commencing year 4 of a five year programme at the time of the earthquake.

The worst affected sectors in which Samarth works were Dairy, Vegetables and Crop Protection (agri-inputs). Within these worst affected sectors, Samarth supported market players - mainly associations that represent these industries - to conduct a rapid market analysis to understand the impact of the disaster on their markets. Using the findings of this rapid analysis, Samarth-NMDP is developing interventions which can assist in the recovery of these markets to safeguard productive assets such as livestock, and recover income generation opportunities for poor smallholders. For activities which are beyond the scope of Samarth’s market development mandate -i.e. market-led relief - the programme is assisting in the development of concept papers for other aid actors to support.