Fungling Bazaar, Taplejung, Nepal
11 September 2017 to 12 September 2017
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and The Environment Conservation and Development Forum (ECDF) have been conducting the European Union-funded Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change in the Himalaya (Himalica) pilot project in Sikaicha and Furumbu VDCs and Fungling Municipality of Taplejung, Nepal, since 2015. The Himalica pilot focuses on improving the value chain and sub-chain of large cardamom with particular consideration given to making its production system climate-resilient, strengthening market linkages and local institutions, and diversifying income sources through the promotion of enterprises and value adding activities, and managing risks.
Himalica has also organised multiple field visits for senior officials from the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Department of Agriculture, District Agriculture Development Officers (DADOs) to share successful pilot interventions for further outscaling and upscaling.
The Fungling Municipality in Taplejung is in the process of developing its own strategic plan, focusing on sustainable agriculture development and spice garden tourism to contribute to the improved quality of life of its citizens. It has requested ICIMOD and its Himalica partners to contribute to that process.
ICIMOD will work with its partners and stakeholders – using participatory planning tools – to contribute to the Fungling Municipality’s five-year strategic plan on sustainable agriculture development and spice garden tourism with a clear vision, mission, strategic objective, outcomes, key activities and indicators identified for further sharing and implementation.