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.
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.
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
A brief overview of Samarth's fish sector as a whole.
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.
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.
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
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.
Samarth-NMDP has set out to lay the foundations for improving the enabling environment, for inclusive growth in the pig sector. A critical first step in this initiative was to bring together – for the first ever time in Nepal – public and private actors engaged in the industry, to identify challenges and issues facing pork production and marketing, with a long-term view to have the industry themselves drive the identification of critical policy issues required to unlock growth.
A brief overview of Samarth's pig sector as a whole, as at 2017.
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.
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.
Samarth-NMDP in partnership with the Nepal government, organized a government level visit with the Bhutanese government to discuss trade opportunities between the two nations. With the local economy dwindling due to the earthquake, the political embargo disrupting the already existing markets and the importance of exporting goods a key factor for a sustainable economy, this bilateral trade talks with the Bhutanese government is a step towards opening doors to better opportunities for future growth.
VRC slaughter-shed, the first of its kind in the eastern region of Nepal, was inaugurated amidst a small function in Manglabarey, Dharan, on 28th May, 2016 by the Regional Directorate of Livestock Services Dr Sudarshan Prasad Regmi. Smallholder pig farmers of surrounding areas will be the sole providers of pigs for this slaughter-shed based in Dharan – the largest city in terms of pork consumption.
An infographic of the gradual progress and milestones in the pig sector after Samarth-NMDP's intervention to uplift the sector.
Using a market systems development approach, Samarth-NMDP has started working with private companies to improve the productivity of pond aquaculture, through improved fish feed. Samarth-NMDP has been helping to innovate new business models for feed manufacturers, to diversify their product offerings and develop viable distribution/marketing mechanism
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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