As part of the portfolio of SME development projects in Nepal, Swisscontact in partnership with Adam Smith International and The Springfield Centre is implementing a five year programme titled Samarth-NMDP. The UK aid funded programme started in 2012 in partnership with the Government of Nepal. The programme aims to reduce poverty in Nepal by increasing incomes of 300,000 smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs. The programme focuses on a range of agricultural sectors - dairy, ginger, fish, pig, vegetables as well as sectors such as media, mechanisation and tourism, covering 36 out of 75 districts of Nepal.
In order to stimulate sustainable and scalable change in rural markets, instead of providing the necessary products or services to the poor farmers directly - which can cause dependency in the farmers and undermine businesses involved in the market, the programme works with businesses already active in the rural markets, so that even when the programme ends, these businesses will continue and the small scale farmers continue to benefit from those markets.
Raised income of 77,100 smallholder farmers and small scale entrepreneurs with an increase in Net Attributable Income Change (NAIC) of USD 50.6. The earthquake and Terai unrest affected the outreach and income change of the beneficiaries.
Adam Smith International
The Springfield Centre
Ministries of Industry, Agriculture, Tourism
Government of Nepal
2012 - 2017
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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