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.

June 04, 2015

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rattled Nepal on 25 April, 2015 has made a major impact on the dynamics of various sectors of the country, including tourism. Tourist numbers are down by about 90%, bookings are being cancelled, and some of the tourism monuments and attractions have been fully or partially damaged. This will have further implications on the jobs and the revenue that the sector is providing to the country. The sheer amount of recovery effort required to rebuild destinations and gain visitors’ confidence stands at billions, even with the provisional estimates.

Post-quake, health and safety surfaces as a critical issue on destination image, not just as safety hazards from the monuments/ buildings around heritage sites but also in terms of safety issues in the trekking areas - with possible threats from avalanches and landslides.

The Samarth-NMDP tourism portfolio thus has revisited its interventions with a three pronged strategy to support recovery, redevelopment and repositioning of Nepal, in alignment with government and private sector priorities. At the recovery phase, the programme will support independent assessment of unaffected areas through third party certification and development of communication platform - aiming industry and clients. At the recovery phase, it aims to introduce Safe Trekking System that will ultimately help reposition Nepal as a safe and secure destination among international visitors.

March 23, 2018

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


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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.

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April 19, 2016

Following the April earthquake, Samarth-NMDP - through its GHT campaign - ramped up its marketing efforts in order to lessen the impact of the earthquake on the 2015 tourist high season.  Samarth partnered with Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA), an association that promotes adventure travel throughout the world, to create a themed week – Adventure Week Rebound Nepal - to promote positive global media attention.

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June 03, 2016

Samarth built 1000 livestock sheds in 3 districts - 600 in Makwanpur, 300 Lamjung and 100 in Tanahun, in response to the April/Ma y earthquake with support from UK aid.

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November 09, 2016
Until recently, the pig sector had been largely overlooked by the government agencies, agricultural institutions and donor agencies as a development tool to improve the living standards of underprivileged farmers. The sector was dominated by subsistence farming and t
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January 28, 2014

On July 2013, Chinumaya was approached by the agro-vet, to establish her land as a tomato demonstration plot for 2 varieties of high quality tomato seeds - Unsari and Shrijana - suitable for that specific ecological region, in ½ ropani of her land. Along with Chinumaya, 30 other farmers received training from the agro-vet on commercial vegetable farming, which included seed production, nursery management, integrated pest management and information on off-season vegetables.

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November 07, 2017

A brief overview of Samarth's fish sector as a whole, as at March 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

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


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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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