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.

July 28, 2015

This is a synopsis of the Report on the assessment of the Annapurna region’s main trekking routes for structural and geotechnical earthquake-related damage. The assessment was funded by Samarth-NMDP, a program supported by UKaid, and conducted on behalf of the Government of Nepal through the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Approximately 30 bridges and 30 villages with
approximately 250 accommodations were assessed in the region.

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February 04, 2016
Artificial insemination in pigs is potentially a very hygienic and effective means for fertilization and conception. It eliminates the possible transfer of infection from direct contact with the boar. Samarth-NMDP has collaborated in partnership with all five GPS farms in Nepal to initiate and strengthen artificial insemination in pigs with frozen boar semen imported from Swine Genetic International, USA.

 

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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.

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August 11, 2016

The Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge is a yearly event started by Social Tours in 2011. Starting with just 35 riders who rode a 50km trail around Kathmandu and raised Rs. 0.45 million for charity, it has now grown to a massive 3000 rider event that has raised over Rs 5 million in its five years of running. In an effort to promote this event and to establish the standards that Great Himalaya Trails (GHT) adheres to, this year Samarth-NMDP supported the event with a promotional video and in making the cycling routes informative and standardized with signage boards along the trails.

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March 31, 2017

This case study examines the work Samarth-NMDP had done in the pig sector to improve the sustainability and yield of quality pork production through the introduction of enhanced breeding methods.

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December 15, 2014
“The time I used to spend on my ox can now be spent on more productive farm activities. My field productivity has also improved because the land prepared by using a mini-tiller has consistent soil quality. I have already provided services to seven additional farms and my neighbors seem to be very happy with the quality of the soil tilled and the following increase in their productivity. In just
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March 23, 2018
Samarth-NMDP developed an intervention to enhance the capacity of agro-vets by strengthening the overall body responsible for delivering the training (PPD/PPOs). On analysing the underlying constraints contributing to poor productivity at the smallholder farmer level it was determined that information channeling on the use of CPI products and crop diseases were outdated as well as incentives being misaligned (sales being driven by company-based commissions for pushing the products in the market).
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July 28, 2015
The international tour operators have warned that negative travel advisory notice from various source countries and high insurance charges could dissuade tourists from visiting Nepal.
 
The statement comes at a time when the government, tourism entrepreneurs and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) — the tourism promotion body set up in public-private partnership model — are gearing up to restore tourist inflow to the level of pre-earthquake days by the beginning of autumn season this year.
 
March 11, 2016

Samarth-NMDP has been working in the ginger sector since its inception in late 2012. It has identified this sector as having potential to contribute to the overall programme objective of poverty reduction. This research was conducted to understand the viability of differentiated ginger in the Indian market and the potential of economic trickledown effect to smallholder farmers.

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May 03, 2016
Based on the approved interventions across ten sectors, the programme expects to generate additional income among 365,200 beneficiaries with net additional income of £19,799,700 within March 2018. Out of this, 96,500 beneficiaries have already realized net additional income of £4,167,700 by March 2016. In total, nine interventions (refer to annex I) have contributed to achieve this. As per the logframe, the programme expects to increase net additional income of 300,000 beneficiaries by £24,000,000.
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August 25, 2016

Samarth-NMDP has recently completed an in-depth research in Kathmandu, Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions on “Identification and Formulation of a Proposed System for the Registration of Rural Tourism Enterprises.” In connection with this, Samarth has been carrying out wide consultations with relevant stakeholders to come up with valid, practical and achievable recommendations for the simplification of the registration process of the SMEs. 

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July 26, 2017

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. 

As part of Dairy project’s “Increase Access to Forage Inputs” intervention, Samarth-NMDP has been working with Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) - Pasture and Fodder Division (PFD) to address legal and technical barriers for commercialization and promotion of forage based dairy production

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January 23, 2015

The introduction of modern machinery has opened up agricultural markets for Nepal’s low income farmers

March 23, 2018

A brief overview of Samarth's ARP sector as a whole, as at March 2018, following the reconstruction after the 2015 earthquake.

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March 23, 2018

A brief overview of Samarth's Crops Protection Inputs sector as a whole, as at 2018.

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July 28, 2015
To support the continued efforts by the Nepal tourism industry to bring in-bound tourism back in business, SAMARTH Nepal Market Development Program (NMDP) organized an interaction program titled the “Turning Point in Tourism” at the hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu. The event was successful in bringing together international tour operators and Nepal tourism operators to discuss how to turn tourism recovery into a reality.
 
March 13, 2016
Last autumn the Great Himalaya Trails, in partnership with Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), welcomed journalists, tour operators and travel influences to take part in a specialized trip to Nepal called: “Adventure Week – Rebound Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trails”.
May 03, 2016

This flyer is a brief introduction to Great Himalaya Trails branding, promoting sustainable tourism in the country.

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August 31, 2016

Though Nepal is the third largest ginger producer in the world with high export potential in the international spice market, ginger exports is only limited to India with little or no value addition. There is a general lack of market information on quality parameters of ginger grown across Nepal. This has been identified as a major constraint for marketing Nepali ginger to wider export markets comprising of industrial buyers in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic business.

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