The focused commercial harnessing of high value products and services (HVPS) presents a significant opportunity for mountain communities to generate employment and income by using the natural resource endowment and comparative advantages of the Himalayan ecosystem. The project focuses on key HVPS in order to improve the economic security of vulnerable mountain communities by maximising their benefits in a socially inclusive, gender sensitive, environmentally sound, and regionally networked manner. ICIMOD and its partners will identify, analyse, and develop selected HVPS value chains to address socio-economic and institutional barriers that prevent upstream producers and service providers from benefiting equitably from HVPS; and subsequently develop sustainable and innovative pro-poor upgrading strategies. The project focuses on a limited geographic area in India and Nepal for a period of 30 months and relies on the experience of the expanded ICIMOD network, which is operational in both countries. The project also closely coordinates with concerned national partners in order to broaden the support for the project, enhance knowledge networking and management, and, eventually, develop participatory models for further learning and adaptation.
July 2008 – December 2011
Ford Foundation (FF)
Nepal: Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB), Nepal
India: Himalayan Action Research Centre (HARC), Uttarakhand