Promoting Mountain Products for Better Livelihoods in the Nepal Himalaya

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On the occasion of the upcoming International Mountain Day, which is celebrated on December 11 every year, ICIMOD is proud to bring to you  Dr Hari Krishna Upadhyaya, Founder and Executive Chairperson of Centre for Environment and Agriculture Policy Research, Extension, and Development (CEAPRED) as well as Former Member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal, to deliver a talk focused on promising mountain products of the Nepal Himalaya.

Dr Upadhyaya, an agricultural economist with specialization in advanced production and resource economics, has over three decades of senior-level professional experience at national and international levels in rural and agricultural development, pro-poor planning and policy formulation, rural/micro-finance, and seed sector development. 

Dr Upadhyaya is the Founder and Executive Chairperson of the Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension, and Development (CEAPRED) – one of the most well-known professional developmental NGOs of Nepal specializing in high-value commercial agriculture. CEAPRED’s approach to poverty reduction consists of promoting new and better economic and livelihood opportunities at the local level and linking these to markets. Some examples of CEAPRED’s initiatives, which have been widely recognized, include a commercial off-season vegetable production programme launched in eastern Nepal in the early 1990s and a commercial vegetable seed production programme currently in operation in several districts of Nepal. Over the past two and a half decades, CEAPRED has implemented over 70 development projects, most of which were concerned with income and employment generation through commercial high-value agriculture and agro-enterprise promotion. CEAPRED has directly worked with over 200,000 families in some 60 districts of Nepal. 

Dr Upadhyaya has been publicly honored for his contribution to rural poverty reduction through CEAPRED. 

Dr Upadhyaya has worked with the Government of Nepal at the highest policy level as a Member of the National Planning Commission from 2003 to 2005. He has led a regional pro-poor policy programme for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, covering eight countries of South and Southeast Asia, including a majority of ICIMOD’s regional member countries. In addition to serving as a key resource person to various agencies, he has led a large number of short-term international missions on project formulation, monitoring and evaluation. 

Dr Upadhyaya holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines.