Project Duration: July 2015 – September 2015.
Samarth Nepal Market Development Program (Samarth-NMDP) is a five-year UK aid-funded rural market development programme operating across Nepal. Samarth-NMDP has recently been approached by the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development (MOAD), through the UK Department for International Development (DFID), to assist in Nepal’s earthquake recovery effort by implementing a number of mid-term agricultural recovery programs in Lamjung, Tanahun and Makwanpur districts. One of these activities is focused on the construction of community seed and food grain storage banks.
Nepalese are just starting to recover from the large 7.8 Richter scale shocks of April 25, 2015 followed by hundreds of aftershocks including 6.7 Magnitude shake. Nepal was struck again by a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale (earthquaketrack.com) on April 12, causing more panic, casualties and destruction. These devastating quakes have already killed more than 8,000 people, injured 18,000 and directly affected more than 10 million of the population. It is the worst earthquake in Nepal since 1934, when some 8,500 people were killed.
The epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude quake was the village of Barpak in Gorkha district. This has affected 39 out of 75 districts with the majority affected Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kavre, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchok, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Sindhuli, Okhaldunga, and Ramechhap including proposed Lamjung, Tanahun and Makwanpur districts.
Nepal is an agriculture dominated country, the main source of livelihood for two-thirds of Nepal’s population, including many subsistence farmers. Besides many others, affected families have also lost more than hundred thousand livestock, tones of food and seed stocks, standing crops and agricultural inputs. In addition, access damage is facing market disruptions and constrained movement of emergency assistance too