This publication reflects the findings and learning from a programme of participatory action research (PAR) carried out between 2010 and 2012 in two geographically and climatically different mountain watersheds in the districts of Mustang and Jumla in Nepal.

This publication presents the results of this process: i.e., an analytical and strategic framework for value chain development in the HKH mountain areas. The first part looks at the need to adapt the generic value chain framework to the mountain context, and examines the mountain specificities (unique/niche production, limited accessibility, fragility, marginality, and diversity).