Network for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness -Nepal
( Creating value through Quality )


August 4th, 2019

Learning and Sharing Program – 8

8th Learning and Sharing Program of NQPCN
Topic: Quality Monitoring and Result Measurement – Sahaj Experience
Presenter: GB Banjara
Date: 4th August, 2019
Sahaj, also known as the Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP), aims to facilitate increased engagement of smallholder farmers, especially women-led production units and people from disadvantaged backgrounds, in commercial agriculture. The project does this by making markets more accessible to smallholders, which allows them to improve their competitiveness and income from farming. It adopts an ‘Inclusive Markets’ approach, commonly referred to as the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) or Market Systems Development (MSD) approach. Sahaj partners with different market actors and enables them to take the lead in co-designing innovative business models and implementing activities that increase farm-productivity and boost the marketing potential of the crops or livestock supplied by the poor farmers.

It works on three core sectors – goat, maize and vegetable – and two cross-sectors – crop protection and post-harvest. The cross-sectors, which focus on reducing crop-loss and adding value after production, have an impact across the Sahaj core sectors as well as other relevant agricultural sectors. The sectors were selected based on their growth potential, potential to increase income of the poor farmers and feasibility of conducting systemic interventions.  A cross-cutting theme across the programme includes Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI), which focuses on creating opportunities for poor smallholder farmers, women and disadvantaged groups. Another cross-cutting theme includes Sahaj’s work in enabling agri-business environment at the national and sub-national level.

Results of the Project, 2018

  • Sahaj has benefited 8,950 farming households up until December 2018, out of which 4,300 are Disadvantaged Groups (DAGs) and 3,580 women-led production units.
  • As of December 2018, Sahaj has collaborated with 58 partners.
  • Sahaj partners have agreed to co-invest 56% of the total cost of collaboration up until December 2018.
  • Sahaj has 39 innovative business models with its partners up until December 2018.
  • The intervention partners of Sahaj have activities in 53 districts as of December 2018.