Research Articles

NTFP sub-sector in Karnali, Nepal: Opportunities for leveraged intervention for the benefits of local communities

Author: Bhishma P. Subedi
Publisher: National Workshop on the Management and Sustainable Utilization of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Kathmandu, ANSAB/CBED/CECI
Language: English
Date of Publication: July 16, 1999
Number of Pages: 7
Price: Free

NTFPs are an important part of the Nepalese economy. These products were previously an understudied and neglected resource in Nepal, despite their multi-million-dollar export earnings potential, importance to poor populations, and significance to biodiversity conservation Every year, 10,000 – 15,000 MT of NTFPs are harvested in the Middle Hills and High Mountains of Nepal. The value of these NTFPs, which are almost all sold in India, is US$ 8.6 million per year. Of this amount, roughly 15-20% is believed to be from Karnali

A preliminary study was done as a first step towards strengthening the overall marketing capacity of NTFP harvesters, FUGs, local traders and processors in Jumla and the rest of the Karnali zone The study was sponsored by HMG/N, NARMSAP and CIDA and conducted by ANSAB and CBED/CECI.