27 – 28 June 2011: Regional Value Chain Experience Sharing Workshop

The value chain (VC) approach has been identified by an increasing number of agencies as an effective and efficient method of addressing sustainable livelihood issues and challenges. ICIMOD has developed a mountain-specific VC framework from its pilots in the mountain regions. ICIMOD regional member countries have also made significant efforts in some high- value product VCs, such as medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), beekeeping, horticulture, tourism, and in developing services targeted at upstream actors. While such successes are scattered, the emerging issues and challenges needed to be reviewed and discussed. In this context, the Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction Programme (SLPR) organised a two-day workshop from 27 to 28 June 2011 to bring together practitioners and facilitators of VCs from six regional member countries at the ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu. The cases ranging from non timber forest products (NTFPs), tourism, and high-value agriculture products; while services such as finance and certification were presented. The risks associated with environmental change, market dynamics, and policies were also discussed. The strategies for gaining from the advantages and adapting to the constraints of mountain specificities were also shared and debated.  Participants agreed that mountain VCs need to be pro poor and strategies should be continuously monitored to reduce the vulnerability and risks of poor mountain farmers and producers in the context of global change processes.