They are grateful to ICIMOD for providing the opportunity to conduct the study, to the Overseas Development Institute, London, for financial and technical support, and to H.N.B. Garhwal University for academic support. The support of the Himalayan Action Research Centre (HARC), Dehradun and the Federation of Community Forest Users Nepal (FECOFUN) Udayapur district chapter is also acknowledged.
Drivers of Exploitation and Inequity in Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Value Chains: The Case of Indian Bay Leaf in Nepal and India
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2013
© The Authors 2013. Development Policy Review © 2013 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 71–87, January 2014
How to Cite
Choudhary, D., Kala, S.P., Todaria, N.P., Dasgupta, S. and Kollmair, M. (2014), Drivers of Exploitation and Inequity in Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Value Chains: The Case of Indian Bay Leaf in Nepal and India. Development Policy Review, 32: 71–87. doi: 10.1111/dpr.12044
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 1 JUL 2011
- Bay leaves;
- small producers;
- value chain;
This article presents the findings of a study that analysed the Indian Bay Leaf (Cinnamomum tamala) Nees and Eberm value chain (VC) in Uttarakhand, India and Udayapur, Nepal. The results show that bay-leaf VCs are loosely integrated and consist of stakeholders with asymmetrical power relations and different priorities. Traders in India dominate the chains and inappropriate standards lead to the exploitation of small producers and inequity in the chain. Policy measures are suggested for improving co-ordination and competitiveness in the bay-leaf VC which could be applied to the NTFP sector as a whole.