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.

Post-earthquake Update: Tourism

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rattled Nepal on 25 April, 2015 has made a major impact on the dynamics of various sectors of the country, including tourism. Tourist numbers are down by about 90%, bookings are being cancelled, and some of the tourism monuments and attractions have been fully or partially damaged. This will have further implications on the jobs and the revenue that the sector is providing to the country. The sheer amount of recovery effort required to rebuild destinations and gain visitors’ confidence stands at billions, even with the provisional estimates.

Post-quake, health and safety surfaces as a critical issue on destination image, not just as safety hazards from the monuments/ buildings around heritage sites but also in terms of safety issues in the trekking areas - with possible threats from avalanches and landslides.

The Samarth-NMDP tourism portfolio thus has revisited its interventions with a three pronged strategy to support recovery, redevelopment and repositioning of Nepal, in alignment with government and private sector priorities. At the recovery phase, the programme will support independent assessment of unaffected areas through third party certification and development of communication platform - aiming industry and clients. At the recovery phase, it aims to introduce Safe Trekking System that will ultimately help reposition Nepal as a safe and secure destination among international visitors.

Two Cantilever Pathways improve access to Manaslu Conservation Area in Northern Gorkha

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.

Annual Results Report: Programme Year 5 (April 2016 - March 2017)

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.

Building Back Better: Strengthening post disaster agriculture inputs service delivery

Post disaster, deaths and injuries as well as damages to buildings and service delivery stations, greatly affected agriculture service delivery. As per the National Planning Commission report, the post disaster recovery needs for the period covering 2015-16 in agriculture inputs alone is estimated to be NRs 2,755 million.

Nepal’s first cantilever pathway in Gorkha

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.

Annual Results Report: Programme Year 4 (April 2015 - March 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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