Challenges and opportunities for Nepal’s small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs)
Forest Connect, FAO
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This report is part of a cross-country research initiative that focuses on small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) and their potential to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainability. It is based on a scoping study designed to gather background information, present key issues, and identify research priorities. The study was coordinated and implemented in Nepal by ANSAB, in collaboration with FAO. This report builds on the findings of earlier ANSAB research and intends to synthesize the learning of different Nepalese stakeholders.
In this study, we have compiled and presented information on some of the major SMFEs in Nepal. We have also presented a diagnosis of five major traded NTFPs i.e. Lokta (Daphne species), Jatamansi (Nardostachys grandiflora), Chiraito (Swertia chirayita), Kurilo (Asparagus racemosus) and Wintergreen (Gaultheria fragrantissima), and a timber species of Sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo). These six species and their products are the ones that are commonly traded or cultivated. Through that we have attempted to reflect the status of the sector in general and the connectedness of SMFEs to markets, service providers and policy processes.