Regional Training Workshop for Developing Pro Poor Value Chains with Country Partners from India and Nepal



A value chain includes the full range of activities involved in a product life cycle -- from conception and design to sourced raw materials and intermediate inputs to marketing and distribution to the final consumer. Value chains connect mountain products and services to markets. The complex interrelationships between market imperatives, opportunities and constraints at different levels of the chain and the different interests and power relations between actors influence how value is distributed across these different levels. Small producers often require very specific interventions to stimulate their participation and enhance their ‘terms of engagement’ with the broader market.

Value chain assessment entails analysing risks and vulnerabilities associated with environmental factors. Based on the analysis, strategies are improved in collaboration with different stakeholders to reduce poverty and increase incomes of under-served and marginalized actors. The broad goal is to enable upstream stakeholders and their institutions to participate equitably in national, regional and global markets by ensuring sustainable resources management.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) recognizes the importance of improving value chains in the mountain region. An integral component of ICIMOD’s work on livelihoods is value chain development of high value products and services. The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Programme (KSLCDI) of ICIMOD has set concrete targets to increase the incomes of communities in the landscape by developing and promoting products and service value chains. In order to integrate the value chain methodology in the livelihoods promotion activities in KSLCDI, a training programme for the KSL partners from India and Nepal is being organized at ICIMOD in Kathmandu, Nepal.