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
The Samarth - Nepal Market Development Programme worked with a national dairy processor to upgrade the processing facilities and expand the milk collection of a local cheese producer. In turn, the local producer worked with smallholder farmers to improve milk productivity and quality through improved husbandry practices.