Nepal Agricultural Markets Development Programme (NAMDP) -Phase 1

PROJECT LOCATION Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Khotang, Surkhet, Jajarkot, Dailekh, Kalikot, and Achham
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 2
OTHER STAFF x
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR SDC
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 87
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS x
START DATE (Month/Year) March 2016
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) December 2019
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES CHF 374,030
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY: Swiss Contract
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

NAMDP is a market systems development programme under SDC’s Nepal Agriculture Growth Initiative (NAGI) which aims to remove the agriculture market system deficit and sustainably improve livelihoods of rural smallholders, especially disadvantaged groups and women-headed households, through participation in commercial agriculture and interconnected markets.

The objective framework of NAMDP is based on a long term vision of thriving and inclusive agriculture markets that develop the comparative advantages for import substitution and export growth and thus contribute to poverty reduction. Three commodities:  Meat (goat and pig), Fresh vegetables and Spices, and Maize,  and two  cross sectors from among post–harvest practices, crop protection and mechanization are to be selected for intervention.
The project aims to:

  • Increase the additional net annual income of 25,000 semi commercial and commercial production units by NRS 20'000 (approximately $ 200), of which 30% are women led production units.
  • Create1, 600 new employments for poor and disadvantaged people.
NAMDP is expected to produce visible and measurable impact in a couple of commodity markets/ value chains. The project will also work in two cross-sectors, which are essential for developing the agriculture market systems and generate wider impact. It follows Market System Development (MSD) approach (also known as Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach which is still new for Nepal.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

The first phase of NAMDP will cover initial 8 months’ preparatory period from March to October 2016 and about three years’ implementation period from November 2016 to December 2019. The preparatory period will allow the elaboration of the comprehensive and final programme document which will guide the implementation period. The program during the 1st half of Phase 1 will be concentrated in two spatial clusters, namely, in the Eastern cluster: including Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Khotang districts, and the Western cluster: including Surkhet, Jajarkot, Dailekh, Kalikot, and Achham districts.

During the 2nd half of Phase 1, the programme is to expand to other important and promising road corridors; these may include parts of the Terai region. During the subsequent Phases 2 and 3, it is expected that programme interventions will be fully driven by dynamics and opportunities in selected commodity markets and cross sectors without explicit geographical focus; the emphasis then will be on reaching broad coverage and achieving deep and systemic impact in the selected commodity markets and cross sectors.