Timur, commonly known as Nepalese pepper, is an integral source of income for women and landless people

Timur, commonly known as Nepalese pepper, has been established as an integral source of income for women, landless and unemployed people. The nature of the plant as its ability to grow in less fertile soil with very less disease and pest infestation; its availability in forests and the surrounding agricultural lands without affect in agricultural productivity; its usage as a terrace raiser for crop land; and long experience of the rural women and poor in collection makes the timur a suitable plant species for livelihood improvement of the poor. Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) conducted the value chain analysis of timur for the High Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas (HVAP) in designing the project’s activities for the promotion of the timur value chain. This study is focused in HVAP districts along the three road corridors – Chhinchu-Jajarkot, Surkhet-Dailekh and Surkhet-Jumla – and suggests possible interventions to the project. Findings of this study are validated through sharing meetings and interactions with stakeholders at district, regional, and national levels.

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- Courtesy of ANSAB