“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-NMDP 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.
Samarth-NMDP has also been supporting the relief and recovery effort in other ways: we are supporting World Food Programme’s Agricultural Working Group to conduct agriculture market analysis; we are engaging in the Food Security and Cash clusters to help maintain principles of market recovery in their programming; and we have recently produced a report on early market recovery response options for DFID.”