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.

April 21, 2016

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.

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July 01, 2016
Media will not be pro-poor unless they prioritise local poverty reduction issues and take ownership of the programmes
Jun 28, 2016: Investigative journalism can be an effective means to reduce poverty if it is embedded as an integral part of the media industry. Yet, the woes of  the marginalised are often sidelined in favour of more-striking political news—intense competition and pressure to perform well financially pushes media companies to prioritise attention-grabbing news like politics.
March 08, 2017

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. 

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August 29, 2014

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.

June 18, 2015

Nepal could lose more than 300,000 tourists this year as a result of the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks which forced mass departure of tourists and prompted many to change their travel plans.

December 18, 2015
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December 22, 2015

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.

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April 21, 2016

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).

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July 01, 2016
Kathmandu, June 29: A study on the Nepal’s garment industry has found that if the industry can tap even 0.05 per cent of the potential $200 billion US market, readymade garment exports are estimated to exceed $1 billion directly, resulting in the direct employment of 100,000 people.
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.

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November 03, 2014

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. 

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June 19, 2015

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.

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January 06, 2016

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. 

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April 21, 2016

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.

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July 07, 2016

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.

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March 17, 2017

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.

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November 03, 2014

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.


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June 30, 2015

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.

January 06, 2016

Field assessments and surveys indicate outreach is 72,000 farmers and small scale entrepreneurs with an average net attributable income change (NAIC) across the portfolio of £25 per person. This is just shy of the outreach target for Year 3 (75,000) but below the £80 target for NAIC. 

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April 21, 2016

A study on raw milk supply chain, supported by Samarth-NMDP and conducted by Dairy Industry Association (DIA) and Central Dairy Cooperative Association Nepal (CDCAN), confirmed the need for improvement in the quality of raw milk for the commercialization/industrialization of the dairy sector. Key stakeholders of the sector were unanimous on the necessity of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) across the entire value chain of milk production as a prerequisite to maintain the quality of milk.

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