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.

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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July 07, 2016

Half-day training on water test kit operation by the supplier to the hatcheries was held on 3rd and 5th June, 2016, at Fisheries Development Centers (FDC) of Bhairahawa and Janakpur respectively. The main aim of the program is to train the hatcheries to operate water test kits and interpret results so that they can provide the same service to farmers. 

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March 28, 2017

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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January 23, 2015

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

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.
 
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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February 20, 2015

The forage video is used as a training material for showcasing forage cultivation as a commercial  business and to inform dairy farmers about the benefits of feeding forage. It is targeted at smallholder dairy farmers who have very less information about forage cultivation and feeding practices. This may help potential farmers who want to engage in forage production, not only for their cattle but also sell surplus forage.

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 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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October 24, 2013

In the mid-hills of Nepal, ginger farming is one of the most significant sources of cash income for poor smallholders. The net incomes of farmers involved in ginger cultivation is significantly higher than that in competing crops, such as rice and fresh vegetables. However, over a third of Nepali ginger producers fall below the poverty line, many of whom face both geographic and social exclusion.One of the most significant constraints facing producers relates to disease management – an estimated 50% of ginger farmers in Nepal suffer from disease in their crops.

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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March 04, 2015

In Nepal, 55% of the population still lives on less than $1.25 per day, and 78% on less than $2 a day: gender and social exclusion have been found to be drivers of poverty3. Inequalities have also increased with a rise in the Gini coefficient (from 0.34 to 0.41 between 1995 and 2004), and it is clear that poverty continues to affect social groups to differing degrees. A recent report on gender disparities concluded that Nepal is one is the least equal countries in the world – ranking 115th out of 1344.

July 29, 2015
One of the most popular trekking areas of Nepal has been given the green light for tourists to return by experts three months after powerful earthquakes rocked the country.  
 
The first official report on earthquake-related damage in the Annapurna region has been welcomed by the Government of Nepal, trekking companies, and development agencies behind the assessment, who regard it as an important step towards the country’s economic recovery.
 
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”.