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.
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.
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.