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.
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.
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.
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.
During Programme Year One, Samarth-NMDP has developed an Opening Portfolio of five agricultural sub-sectors (ginger, dairy, fish, vegetables, and pigs) to begin activities in ten interventions: marking the first set of M4P projects ever to be implemented in Nepal. A number of interventions in the Opening Portfolio, most significantly in ginger, have already recorded evidence of progress towards achieving pro-poor systemic change.