Agriculture Reconstruction Project (ARP)

Livestock Sheds

In May 2015 the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) approached the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to request support in constructing livestock sheds to help affected households in three districts (Makwanpur, Lamjung and Tanahu) to recover from the effects of the recent earthquakes. DFID in turn asked Samarth-NMDP to assist with contracting, funding and monitoring an intervention to construct 1000 livestock sheds (LSs) across the three districts.


The agricultural sector remains largely dependent on traditional methods of cultivation - using bullocks and farmhands. Often, plots are left fallow during peak agricultural seasons, due to the shortage of labor.

Mechanization is currently limited mainly to larger farms in the Terai. It is particularly inadequate in the mid-hills of Nepal, due to the unavailability of machinery suitable for use in the narrow and sloped terrain. Only an estimated 15% of productive farmland in the mid-hills is prepared by mechanized means.


Tourism is a vital component of the economy of Nepal. With its iconic attractions, strategic location and good connectivity; Nepal is ideal for a characteristic short-holiday from regional markets. In addition, adventure tourism (including trekking) is growing rapidly, across both traditional and new source markets, creating good income generating opportunities for the poor in rural Nepal.


Ginger is indigenous to the Indo-China region, with Nepal being one of the most suitable countries for its production. An estimated 200,000 farmers produce 250,000 t/y of which the poor produce 30%. Ginger is mainly cultivated in the mid-hills, where many of the socially excluded groups reside, including Janajatis and Dalits.

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