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.
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.
In line with Samarth’s Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategy, this qualitative study was carried out to investigate the actual situation of women in vegetable farming households. This information would help Samarth’s vegetable sector team to fine-tune interventions so that they actually reach and benefit these women, and to ensure that impact upon women at the household level can be measured.
The disaster affected the entire vegetable sector value chain in the affected districts to varying degrees. According to FEFVEN assessments, the most affected areas with regards to the vegetable sector are Sindupalchok, Gorkha and Dolakha where the market for vegetables is considered by the Federation to be non-functional/completely disrupted. In these areas, there have been disruptions to transport infrastructure (road/bridges), transport provision, labour, and agro-vet services and hence producers are facing difficulties in accessing markets to sell their vegetables and to buy inputs.
On July 2013, Chinumaya was approached by the agro-vet, to establish her land as a tomato demonstration plot for 2 varieties of high quality tomato seeds - Unsari and Shrijana - suitable for that specific ecological region, in ½ ropani of her land. Along with Chinumaya, 30 other farmers received training from the agro-vet on commercial vegetable farming, which included seed production, nursery management, integrated pest management and information on off-season vegetables.