Nepal Market Development Programme (NMDP)

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.

The Project

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.

Project partner

Adam Smith International
The Springfield Centre
Ministries of Industry, Agriculture, Tourism
Government of Nepal

Project website

Project countries

  • Nepal

Project duration

2012 - 2017


  • DFID

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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CH-8005 Zurich

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