Innovation and Regional Collaboration for Value Chain Development in the Context of Mountain Climate Change

Date: 2 December 2017 

Background

The current economic development model needs to be reviewed in the context of the rapidly increasing effects of climate change, and growing migration and consumption trends. The changing context brings with it challenges as well as opportunities.  The challenges include competition to meet market expectation, volume, quality, and preference while using resources sustainably to ensure the inclusion and participation of multiple stakeholders, including poor and marginalized communities from the mountains. The opportunities include the growing local, regional, and global demand for organic food products. Globalization creates opportunities to forge partnerships with allies—leveraging regional potential between countries, industry players, and value chain actors—to complement each other. Technological growth has also created considerable opportunities for poor people in the region to assess information/knowledge and collaborate with each other. 

The value chain development (VCD) approach has gained significant momentum in past years in terms of promoting economic growth. Its ability to link farms and firms in remote regions to growing and emerging market opportunities has also been recognized. However, there is still a great need to understand the effects of globalization and urbanization in order to make value chains more inclusive, resilient, and competitive. Greater collaboration and coordination among actors at the landscape and regional level is worth exploring for sustainable growth, and for making sure that the model that evolve reduce risks and enhance economic potential. Hence, in the context of climatic and non-climatic change, there is the need to rethink the model on how to promote value chains at a scale through collaboration and coordination between countries. New trends, inclusive growth, the sustainability of resources, and their use-resilience need to be taken into consideration. 

In this regard, the Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate change Adaptation in the Himalaya (Himalica) initiative at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing the event, Innovation and Regional Collaboration for Value Chain Development in the Context of Climate Change in Mountain Areas on December 2. It is a satellite event that is being organized parallel to the Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia, an international conference. The satellite event will bring together VCD practitioners, development experts, and social entrepreneurs from across the region. It aims to identify, discuss, and jointly agree on strategic actions and innovative practices relating to VCD.

Objectives of Satellite Event

  • Share and exchange experiences, innovations, and case studies that accelerate the development of value chains in the context of regional collaboration and climatic and non-climatic change (trade and tariff, migration, production/consumption trends). 
  • Identify opportunities and strategic actions in value chain development to promote sustainable use of resources from pre-production to post-consumption.
  • Agree on specific roles of investors, financial institutions, service providers, and the private sector to exploit complementarities between countries and actors in the region in order to leveraging the growing demand regionally and internationally.