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.

June 12, 2015

Cultivating the land is an arduous, physical task, especially on the steep terraces of the mid-hills. Over 40% of farmers have access to draught animal power (mainly oxen and buffalo) via around 250,000 owners. Among draught oxen and buffalo owning families, women are usually tasked with gathering forage and caring for these animals – spending around an hour a day in doing so.

Samarth-NMDP’s mechanization component began in June 2013 and decided, based on initial market analysis, to focus primarily on facilitating the development of the mini-tiller market in the mid-hills. This is where the deficit in labour is being most acutely felt, and where the mechanization market is least developed.

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December 18, 2015

Lack of effective information is a critical constraint to all businesses, particularly to smallholder farmers and rural micro enterprises that operate in information-poor environments where many information channels are ineffective, inaccessible or unaffordable. 

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April 21, 2016

Samarth-NMDP had conducted the first ever frozen semen artificial insemination training for grandparent seed stock (GPS) farms that maintain pure breed of pigs on June, 2014 by importing exotic and superior breeds like Berkshire, Duroc, Large Black and Hampshire from Swine Genetic International, USA. The aim was to address the problem of excessive in-breeding, leading to low quality pigs throughout Nepal. Five GPS farms - government and private - have already started frozen semen AI.

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July 01, 2016
KATHMANDU: The UKaid funded construction of a cantilever pathway and approach trail at a critical crossing along the Budhi Gandaki River in Gorkha district, which is expected to ease journey of northern Gorkha locals and trekkers.
 
“The construction of the 195-metre steel cantilever pathway, with 55 metres of approach trail, was recently completed along Yaru Bagar of the Budhi Gandaki River in Kerauja VDC of Gorkha district,” the UKaid said in a statement.
 
The pathway is said to be the first of its kind in Nepal.
March 08, 2017

An insight into the work Samarth-NMDP has done to improve productivity and marketing of the dairy sector through the diversification of milk products and creation of consumer-market linkages.

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June 04, 2014

Put yourself in the position of an advertiser or communicator working in Nepal. You have a fixed budget and you need to reach as many of Nepal’s 31 million people as possible – of which over 80% live outside the main cities. How can you maximise your reach in the most cost effective way?

January 19, 2018

17 January 2018, Gorkha – Two cantilever pathways were formally handed over to local government representatives of Dharche and Tsum Numbri municipalities of northern Gorkha at a handover programme organised at the district coordination council office today by Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme. The cantilever pathways not only provide safe access to the locals living in northern Gorkha, but has also enhanced two of Nepal’s popular trekking trails Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trail.

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June 12, 2015

Low productivity in pigs is a major problem in the pig and pork production cycle in Nepal. The absence of pedigree breeds and a shortage of quality seed stock in the government run facilities and private breeders has led to in-breeding in the sector, producing piglets of lower weight and slower growth.

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December 18, 2015

This brochure contains a brief introduction to all sectors under the crops and livestock portfolio of the programme.

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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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July 01, 2014

During Programme Year Two, beginning May 2013 to end April 2014, Samarth-NMDP has laid strong foundations for sustainable change across a range of agricultural markets, as well as recording the first signs of impact at the farm-level. Overall, working across eight rural sectors, evidence of progress towards systemic change has been recorded in five market systems, where Samarth-NMDP has successfully coaxed investment or change in how the private or public sector are doing business.

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February 16, 2018

This case study explores the impact of the efforts of policymakers and practitioners from private sectors who have been pushing the media industry forward over the past decade. 

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June 11, 2015

Following the major earthquake, Samarth-NMDP conducted a market analysis with the industry associations of the media sector to take stock of the impact. Based on the findings, Samarth-NMDP is planning interventions in the affected areas to assist the radio industry in their effort to inform and educate people about the relief and rehabilitation efforts planned and currently implemented by the government. Additionally, Samarth-NMDP will continue to expand its agriculture and small business programs in new geographic locations. This intervention attempts to improve the information environment for rural enterprises and farmers and provide a platform to voice their concerns and issues which can contribute to bring about changes in their business environment.

Samarth-NMDP has chosen radio sector as a working partner in order to reach the most affected people who are still living in temporary shelters without access to television or internet

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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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.