Climate Resilient Value Chain Development

Nepal

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Climate change and its impacts are making farming a less predictable livelihood for mountain communities in the Hindukush Himalayan region; however income generation through value addition has the potential to mitigate this condition. There are certain high income, low volume crops which can be grown only in niche conditions, and adding value to them can make up for potential shortfalls. Large cardamom, one such crop can be grown only under specific conditions – hilly areas on marginal lands having gentle to medium slopes and loamy soil. In addition to providing an additional source of income, large cardamom cultivation also helps restore ecological health in areas where it is grown.

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Background of Project

Large cardamom plant cultivation has become unpredictable as pests have attacked the plant, deforestation led to lack of shade for the bushes, climate change meant inconsistent water supply and market prices keep fluctuating. The program has developed a package of practices (PoP) for sustainable growth of cardamom with guaranteed buyback to build a stable source of income for the farmers.

The Project

The PoP focuses on endorsing sustainable agricultural practices for cardamom farmers to increase the yield as well as improve the Himalayan ecosystem by addressing water, agroforestry and soil nutrient issues etc.,. The creation of market linkages allows the farmers to have a steady source of income to improve their livelihood.

The Benefits

As a shade crop, cardamom cultivation along the mountainous region contributes to large scale carbon sequestration in the region, and with the value addition along the supply chain and increased yield – this climate-resilient value chain development of large cardamom improves the livelihood of mountain communities.