High Value Products and Value Chain

The mountains of the HKH region are endowed with an extensive variety of high value, low volume products especially non-timber forest products (NTFPs) like medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) and honey bee products. However, in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas region most of collection, processing, and marketing suffer from a multitude of problems, which in most cases prevent mountain people from adequately benefiting from the resources they are endowed with. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the global market for herbal products is over US$ 60 billion. Although a significant portion of the supply of the raw materials for these herbal products originates in the HKH region, much of the benefit accrues to people and places far away. Despite the relevance for mountain people’s livelihoods and the quick growth of the NTFP sector, national and regional policies have not been adequately developed, adapted or implemented in the region. There is tremendous scope to generate more income locally by supporting mountain people to generate new livelihood options and derive higher benefits from high value products. This is the core focus of this Action Area.


  1. Develop and strengthen value addition through appropriate technology, community managed enterprises and common facility centres
  2. Support poor collectors and producers to participate in the markets in an equitable and efficient manner
  3. Maximise benefits to the poor mountain collectors and producers through better understanding of national, regional and global value chains
  4. Analyze the barriers for small producer groups to enter the markets and related framework conditions
  5. Generate good practices, certification mechanisms, and codes of conduct so that market preferences could be built into the pro-poor value chains of mountain niche products
  6. Foster regional cooperation and networking among stakeholders for the development of conducive pro mountain and pro poor policies in this sector

Contact Information

Dyutiman Choudhary
Acting Action Area Team Leader