The Organic Mountain Flavour company works together with a large number of smallholders who still grow ginger using traditional cultivation methods in the Nepalese low mountain ranges.
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In the context of the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy, “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are supporting a model project on promoting exporting of medicinal and aromatic plants. The project demonstrates how economic promotion can help develop efficient value chains and create direct access for Nepalese companies to the German trade market.

Gathering and selling medicinal and aromatic plants for medical and cosmetic purposes is an important source of income for the people of Nepal and provides a substantial contribution to the country’s economy. In some of Nepal’s mountain regions, more than half of the population are occupied with gathering and selling the medicinal and aromatic plants that grow wild there. The share of women involved in this activity is more than 50 per cent.

Around 1,800 species of medicinal and aromatic plants grow in the Himalayas. But only a handful of these valuable plants are processed in local production to provide etheric oils or to manufacture traditional Ayurveda medicines. Most of the plants are sold largely unprocessed to Indian middlemen for the pharmaceutical industry. People in Nepal can earn only small profits from the sale of the unprocessed plants and hardly benefit from the high demand for medicinal and aromatic plants.

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