Black cardamom – a way out of poverty?

Agricultural exports featuring more value added will generate jobs, higher incomes, greater tax revenues, and foreign-exchange earnings. That’s the theory anyway. Governments and development practitioners act on it in hopes of fighting poverty in the global South.
Another hope is that such agricultural products will open up new opportunities for rural women in particular – both socially and economically. But is it true? An international research team led by CDE has put this idea to the test by analysing Nepal’s cardamom value chain.

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