Market Assessment

BDS-MaPS Analysis of Non Timber Forest Products in Nepal, March 2004

    This report details the results of a non-timber forest products (NTFP) sub-sector analysis conducted by Lotus Intellect for BDS-MaPS in four districts of Nepal (Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Surkhet) in March 2004. The BDS-MaPS project, which is being implemented by a consortium of INGOs and private businesses, aims to increase income opportunities of 22,000 smallholder farmers and gatherers in six target districts of Nepal by boosting production, improving quality, and increasing demand for NTFPs. The report lists the major NTFPs in each district and identifies those with the most potential to increase rural income for the greatest number of MSME beneficiaries: ginger, yarsagumba, guchhichyau, satabari, turmeric, garlic, and shibakthorn. After listing 43 constraints acting on the NTFP sub-sector, the report outlines nine interventions selected by the BDS MaPS team and identifies corresponding services.

    Methods for info gathering
    literature review, field-based analysis, focus group discussions, stakeholder interviews

    Summary of results
    The sub-sector analysis yielded the following recommended interventions: 1.) establish/enhance capacity of laboratory testing facilities, 2.) establish processing plants, 3.) create Nepal NTFP standards, 4.) build capacity of mediators, 5.) improve policy and regulatory environments, 6.) promote awareness of commercially viable NTFPs, 7.) promote sustainable harvesting, 8.) create NTFP database, 9.) enhance managerial and marketing competence of participants.

    Associated Activities and Documents
    Programme Design
    »Non-timber Forest Products Marketing and Production Services (BDS-MaPS), IDE Nepal 2003-2006
    »Non-timber Forest Products Marketing and Production Services (BDS-MaPS), IDE Nepal, 2003-2006
    Impact Assessment
    »Non-timber Forest Products Marketing and Production Services (BDS-MaPS) Performance Measurement, IDE Nepal (2003-6)
    Synthesis Documents
    »IDE PRISM Guidelines and Manual - Linking rural poor to markets & irrigation technology, 2005