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Solutions for the poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities in the Himalayan region have been explored under Himalaya Research. Feasibility studies and market assessments, best practice studies of development practices in the livelihoods domain, and policy research, have been conducted. Specific sectors explored include the herbal sector, ecotourism, fruit processing, handicrafts and handloom.
Title: Herbal Sector in India: Demand-side Needs and Priorities
Author: Banerji, G. and Basu, S.
Source: Pragya
Year: 2007
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:According to WHO, over 80% of the total world population depend on traditional medicines, mostly plant based, for their primary health care needs. Medicinal plants not only provide access to affordable medicine for the poor people; they also generate income, employment and foreign exchange for the developing countries. The paper explores the demand-side bottlenecks and requirements in the herbal medicine sector in India in order to identify the priority areas for actions.
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Title: Sustainable Livelihoods for High Altitude Mountain Communities: Case Studies from The Himalayas
Author: Banerji, G. and Fareedi, M
Source: Pragya
Year: 2009
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The high altitude mountain pockets of the Himalayas suffer from multiple forms of poverty, exacerbated by environmental vulnerability. High under-employment because of limited occupational diversification leads to out-migration and associated burden on women. This paper seeks to explore the options for development of alternate livelihoods, value addition of existing cultural products and development of niche cultural clusters for the Himalayan region and identify strategies and process for livelihoods development
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Title: Himalayan Heritage: Valorization & Preservation
Author: Banerji, G. and Basu, S.
Source: Pragya
Year: 2010
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The Himalayas are a repository of a most valuable heritage, that is at once a treasure that enriches the region but under severe threat of erosion, and an opportunity for the development of its people that however lies untapped. The erosion of the rich cultural and biological heritage of the Himalayas needs to be addressed, by reinstating this heritage in modern Himalayan lives. Towards this, it is important to build socio-economic value into the various heritage forms, transforming them into income generating activities, building these intrinsic strengths into engines of growth for the Himalayan region. The paper highlights the role of Heritage Based Enterprise clusters in this regard.
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