Nepal’s potential in the tourism sector, particularly in trekking, has been hampered by a lack of product development and consistency in quality standards. This sector brief explores the unveiling of Nepal’s first Trail Standards Guidelines and the certification of eleven new internationally recognised trail auditors in Nepal. The purpose of this intervention will be to define quality standards for the GHT brand leading to a better product - improved experience, safety and sustainability on trekking trails.
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.
Case study video on ginger disease management in Makwanpur district of Nepal using the M4P ( Making Markets work for the Poor) approach. Disease Management is one of the interventions of Samarth-NMDP's ginger sector.
Even though seed is the single most important input for all fish farmers, very little had been done to retain the gene purity of the brood stock. This has led to in-breeding and cross-breeding of brood stock. Small fish farmers who access low quality seeds face high mortality and poor growth rate of fish.
To catalyse the process, Samarth facilitated a public private partnership to develop a mechanism both for distribution of pure brood stock to private hatcheries and for cost sharing and monitoring.
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.
Limited product diversity is one of the major constraints in the dairy processing sector having a direct bearing on the dairy farmers for their secured access to a milk market. Most processors focus exclusively in fluid milk business which comprises almost 90% of their business.
There has been a dramatic improvement in Kamadhenu Dairy Development Corporation’s (KDDC) performance after partnering with Samarth. KDDC has increased its raw milk collection from 10,300 l/d in January 2014 to 19,000 l/d in January 2015 - an increase of about 85%. Samarth had supported KDDC to diversify their product as well as make other strategic changes in their business practice. With increasing demand of milk for production of diversified dairy products, KDDC is in a position to consistently collect milk in both seasons.
The Aid Industry has come on a long way in the 11 years since the Asian Tsunami, especially in the development of cash-based recovery mechanisms. These were very much in their infancy then, but are commonplace now in situations where conditions such as functional markets, and access to them, deems them to be appropriate. Today there are several toolkits and platforms to help programmes manage cash and voucher schemes, and toolkits to help implementers2.
Smallholder farmers have very limited knowledge on crop diseases, pest problems, and its treatment. These farmers either rely heavily on products offered by retailers or do not apply any treatment at all. In most instances, it results in up to 30% loss in overall crop yield. The limited information they get on disease infestation on crops and its treatment is provided by agro-vets and plant protection officers (PPOs).
This case study in the fishing sector examines the importance of public and private actors working together and the benefits brought about by a cohensive public-private partnership.
Samarth-NMDP facilitated a dialogue between the government (Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation) and the private sector (TAAN, NMA, NATTA & others) on the development of the Great Himalaya Trails as a brand. As a result, GHT brand has been incorporated in the action plan of Nepal Tourism Strategy 2015-2024 and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation has allocated a designated budget to it.
As Nepal seeks assurances from international geologists and consultants on its popular trekking routes, especially the Everest and Annapurna regions that attract around 70 per cent of trekkers, the PDNA suggests creating a Safe Trekking System with standards and regulations for the quality of the product and how to manage it.
Making Molehills out of Mountains
The benefits of mechanization to smallholders have been known ever since hand was first put to ard over eight thousand years ago. Since then there has been a steady evolution of technology into the leviathan tractors we see today which incorporate satellite technology and automatic steering.
Better feeding practices with the use of adequate nutritious green forage for dairy animals have been recommended by experts as a solution to the poor productivity of the dairy farming businesses in Nepal.
An eight-day adventure travel guide training programme, the first of its kind in Nepal, was organized by Samarth-NMDP in co-ordination with Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and Wilderness Medical Associates International starting 13th June, 2016 to 20th June, 2016.
Explore the interventions that Samarth-NMDP has undertaken in the pig sector which has cemented stronger linkages between farmers and the market, improved the quality of in-country pork and increased the benefit of smallholder farmers in terms of higher income and risk avoidance.
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