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Exploring possibilities to establish geographical indication and common regional standards
Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI)
22 December 2020
Tashi Dorji & Surendra Raj Joshi
Large black cardamom (Amomum subulatum) is an important cash crop for the economies of all three countries in the Kangchenjunga Landscape – Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Cardamom cultivation is very suited to the landscape’s conditions, yet the three countries struggle to compete in a global market increasingly dominated by other cardamom species. Large black cardamom is facing increased competition from white (Amomum krervanh) and green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) produced in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. It is also facing competition from large black and red cardamom species (Amomum costatumand A. tsao-ko) grown in China and Vietnam.
With such demand and competitiveness in the cardamom market, Bhutan, India, and Nepal are uniquely positioned to capitalize on large black cardamom, a species that originated in the landscape. Large black cardamom can be marketed as a niche Himalayan product through a geographical indication (GI) certificate, which can help distinguish large black cardamom from other cardamom species and establish a brand. The three countries can also collectively inform customers about product attributes by setting up common regional standards and creating a distinct product identity. (Currently, with the common harmonized systematic code for all varieties of cardamom, it is difficult to trace the flow of large black cardamom in the global market.)
Against this backdrop, ICIMOD through its Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) organized a regional workshop in Taplejung, Nepal, to explore opportunities for transboundary collaboration on large black cardamom value chain. Building on the recommendations of the regional workshop, ICIMOD together with its partners is organizing this webinar to discuss the possibility of creating a GI certificate and developing common regional standards for large black cardamom. The webinar will serve as a platform to bring relevant stakeholders on board with the approach and to strengthen the network among stakeholders of the three landscape countries.
The main objective of the webinar is to identify action points and modalities to promote large black cardamom as a unique product from the Kangchenjunga Landscape in the international market. The specific objectives include the following:
Tashi Dorji, Programme Coordinator, KLCDI, ICIMOD
09:45–11:45 Indian Standard Time; 10:00–12:00 Nepal Standard Time; 10:15–12:15 Bhutan Time
Opening remarks (5 min each)
Opening address (5 min) – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD