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    Explore inconsistency or gaps in NTFP policy environment between Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation and Ministry of Agriculture

    Reporting to:  Project Coordinator, NEHHPA

    Reporting Date: 18 Feb 2018

    Place of assignment:         Kathmandu        

    Contract Period:                25 Days 

     

    Background :

    Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association (NEHHPA) is an umbrella organization of Nepali herbal collectors, producers, manufacturers and traders in the sector of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), particularly Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs). Established in 2002, NEHHPA now accounts for more than fifty member herbal companies. The main goal of NEHHPA is to promote Nepal’s high-quality herbs and herbal products at the national and international levels and strengthening responsible business through producing and marketing quality products. NEHHPA activities include marketing and networking, business development, capacity building, research and quality assessment and advocating for its member's companies. NEHHPA aims to improve the livelihood and provide farmers with market access to create income opportunities for poor rural households. Therefore, NEHHPA provides necessary support to the rural community for producing and marketing quality products. NEHHPA achieves its goal through conducting various programs, events, and activities that are supportive to have extended marketing capabilities of its members as well as the entrepreneurs in this sector.

     

    NEHHPA has financing agreement to carry out the activities of "Sustainable Business Promotion for Accessing International Market for the Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) in MAPs Sectors of Nepal Project which is financed Enhanced Integrated Framework/United Nation Office for Project Services (EIF/UNOPS), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Government of Nepal. On behalf of BMZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) to execute the IN-MAPs project. The IN-MAPs project is being implemented in central level in Kathmandu and major activities in its prioritized districts i.e. Banke, Dang, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Pyuthan, and Surkhet. The project aims to improve production, processing and marketing practices of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) for their sustainability, strengthen the private sectors and facilitate the MAPs trade in Nepal.

     

    The private sectors involving in NTFPs value chain are facing a lot of policies challenges. The policies endorsed by both Ministry of forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) and Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) have to be compiled by private sectors. In addition, for some MAPs species that are being cultivated in private land, it is not clear which government authority is responsible to provide technical assistance whenever needed. In addition, there are technical and policy issues related to quarantine. Despite that, the MoFSC have amended its forest regulation and listed few NTFPs that do not need transport permit from the government authority while trading, there are yet a lot of hassles to comply that. As a result, private sectors including farmers have been facing unnecessary many problems from production to export of the MAPs products.  Thereafter, per unit cost of the product is being increased due to increase in the transaction cost. Therefore, it is very indispensable to explore such policy issues and recommend/advocate the relevant government authority to address the same.

     

    Purpose of the assignment:

    The purpose of this assignment is to explore policy interface of MoA and MoFSC with respect to NTFPs especially focusing in terms of their roles and responsibilities. The document will be shared with the stakeholders for wider consultations and submitted to concern ministries. As well as continuous follow-ups will be carried out to make the issues addressed by policies.

    Approach/Methodology:

    The methodology and tools will be presented to and discussed with NEHHPA before actual implementation. The service consultant/team of consultants will adopt but not limit to the following methodology:

    Desk study of policies existing, being endorsed and draft version related to NTFPs

     

    Key Requirement of consultant/ consultancy institution :

    The consultant should demonstrate the following qualifications:

    ·       Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and Nepali including the published report on the subject matter.

     

    Deliverables:

    The consultant or team of consultant will submit the following outputs;

      • Consultation with the officials responsible for policy development at MoA and MoFSC.
      • Consultation with MAPs/NTFPs producers to explore obstacles that are facing in cultivation and sell.
      • Consultation with relevant officials of the I/NGO that are promoting MAPs sector
      • Interview with NEHHPA members to identify gaps in policy documents to while trading NTFPs produced in private land; and quarantine issues
      • Prepare a draft report and present it in a stakeholder workshop
      • Fine-tune the document after getting feedback from the workshop.
      • Finalize report including the suggestions of the workshop.
      • At least master degree in natural resource management, agricultural, forestry, public policy, economics.
      • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in natural resource management, forestry, agriculture, policy advocacy and public policy.
      • Experience in preparing policy documents in the context of Nepal.
      • Good knowledge about Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs).
      • A draft report with clear recommendation submitted analyzing National Forest Policies, acts, related documents and National Agricultural policy, acts and other related documents focusing on the production to trade of the NTFPs.
      • Conduct consultation with relevant stakeholders on the draft report. The recommendations should have validated by sector stakeholders and be subject to revisions based on input from the stakeholders.
      • A draft report submitted for review integrating all the components listed in the draft report above and recommendations from relevant stakeholders.
      • A final report integrating all the recommendations listed in the draft report and recommendations from relevant stakeholders.