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.

ENHANCING QUALITY STANDARDS OF RAW MILK: VALIDATION OF GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Impacts of poor quality of raw milk are reflected in short shelf-life of processed products, limited range of finished dairy products in the market, reduced opportunity to supply milk in export markets, and additional costs incurred in food preparation which is borne by the processors and the consumers. In order to address the above-mentioned constraints, Samarth-NMDP is building the capacity of the stakeholders to improve the quality standards of raw milk through an action research on the raw milk supply chain in six pilot sites.

Nepal Ginger Profile 2016

Nepal is the third largest ginger producer in the world with an annual production of approximately 250,000 MT1. Despite being rich in climatic conditions that is suitable for the production of quality ginger, the current production is far below its potential. Difficulties in accessing post-harvest technologies and lack of information about the quality of Nepalese indigenous ginger cultivars are some of the major constraints that needs to be addressed to bolster trade and marketing of ginger. 
 

Research Report: Assessment of Commercial Ginger Cultivated in Nepal

Though Nepal is the third largest ginger producer in the world with high export potential in the international spice market, ginger exports is only limited to India with little or no value addition. There is a general lack of market information on quality parameters of ginger grown across Nepal. This has been identified as a major constraint for marketing Nepali ginger to wider export markets comprising of industrial buyers in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic business.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEPALESE GINGER AND DERIVATIVE PRODUCTS IN JAPAN, DUBAI AND THE NETHERLANDS

Ginger is one of the sectors in which Samarth-NMDP is focusing its efforts for strategic development to have a positive and sustainable impact on poor farmers and rural entrepreneurs in Nepal. Realizing the importance of ginger export industry as one of the pillars of the strategy to develop the sector, Samarth embarked on a study to assess opportunities of Nepalese ginger and its derivative products in the international market, namely Japan, Dubai and the Netherlands.

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VIABILITY OF DIFFERENTIATED NEPALESE GINGER IN INDIAN MARKET AND BENEFITS TO SMALL HOLDER GINGER FARMERS

Samarth-NMDP has been working in the ginger sector since its inception in late 2012. It has identified this sector as having potential to contribute to the overall programme objective of poverty reduction. This research was conducted to understand the viability of differentiated ginger in the Indian market and the potential of economic trickledown effect to smallholder farmers.

ENGAGING PRIVATE SECTOR IN MARKET ANALYSIS AFTER THE NEPAL EARTHQUAKES

The Aid Industry has come on a long way in the 11 years since the Asian Tsunami, especially in the development of cash-based recovery mechanisms. These were very much in their infancy then, but are commonplace now in situations where conditions such as functional markets, and access to them, deems them to be appropriate. Today there are several toolkits and platforms to help programmes manage cash and voucher schemes, and toolkits to help implementers2.

Rapid Market Analysis: Dairy Sector

From the preliminary reports received, there is damage to equipment and buildings, with an estimated seven processors and 26 chilling centres now out of service as a result. Sindhupalchok suffered most of the damage with 18 chilling centers reported to be non-operational during the time of assessment. DDC, the only processor of yak cheese in the country had six cheese production centers completely damaged.

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