Post-earthquake Update: Agriculture

Samarth-NMDP is a market development programme, and was commencing year 4 of a five year programme at the time of the earthquake.

The worst affected sectors in which Samarth works were Dairy, Vegetables and Crop Protection (agri-inputs). Within these worst affected sectors, Samarth supported market players - mainly associations that represent these industries - to conduct a rapid market analysis to understand the impact of the disaster on their markets. Using the findings of this rapid analysis, Samarth-NMDP is developing interventions which can assist in the recovery of these markets to safeguard productive assets such as livestock, and recover income generation opportunities for poor smallholders. For activities which are beyond the scope of Samarth’s market development mandate -i.e. market-led relief - the programme is assisting in the development of concept papers for other aid actors to support.

Adapting to Market Evolution - A Dynamic Approach

Due to the lack of feasible or suitable business model for this area in Nepal, wholesalers and traders in the region have little incentive to invest in smallholder farmers as the majority of them are unable to meet the demand of the traders/wholesalers. The Samarth team’s studies highlighted that the major issues both farmers and traders were facing collectively was a failure to successfully aggregate vegetables as well as access the market itself.

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