Impact evaluation

Does market development work in Nepal?

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A Learning Note from Itad following the completion of an evaluation of Samarth-NMDP1 for DFID.

This is the first market systems programme in Nepal and Itad discusses:

  • whether the programme can be effective in reducing poverty in Nepal
  • what challenges programme implementers are likely to face
  • how these programmes can be better implemented in the future

Itad's research indicates that market systems programmes can be effective in Nepal, especially where they:

  • tackle demand and supply side constraints in the same value chain and harness ‘demand-pull’
  • facilitate strategic partnerships between market players to overcome this combination of constraints
  • identify and address enabling environment challenges in partnership with the public sector

About Samarth-NMDP
A DFID programme running for six years from April 2012 to March 2018. First M4P programme to be implemented in Nepal. It focused on implementing an agriculture and tourism-based market development programme to increase the incomes of smallholder farmers through development of local market systems. Its target was to increase productivity of 330,000 smallholder farmers and to improve their incomes by an average of £80 per year. It aimed to ensure that half of the beneficiaries were women.