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Linking medicinal plant production with livelihood enhancement in Bangladesh: Implications of a vertically integrated value chain

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Shahidullah, AKM and Haque, CE, Linking medicinal plant production with livelihood enhancement in Bangladesh: Implications of a vertically integrated value chain, The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 9, (2) pp. 1-18. ISSN 1602-2297 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

In this paper, we analyse the value chain for medicinal plants produced by village-based marginal farmers and homestead growers whose livelihoods are significantly supported by the commercial scale production of several plant species. We also suggest an improved value chain system through economic coordination that links production with the enhancement of the producersí livelihoods. A field-based investigation was carried out in Natore district of northwest Bangladesh where a total of 160 farmers and households from eight villages, located within two unions, were engaged in the production of medicinal plant species. The research gathered explanations for the resultant improvements in livelihoods and the wider acceptance of such unconventional agricultural practices in the locality. The findings revealed that the primary and wholesale secondary markets were mostly dominated by middlemen who cause inflated prices due to lack of competition in the medicinal plants value chain. A closer linkage between the producers and processors through vertical integration in the value chain could result in a multitude of benefits to both the producers and processors of medicinal plants in terms of price, quality, lead time and overall control of the supply chain.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Medicinal plants, livelihood, value chain, vertical integration
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Ornamentals, natives, flowers and nursery plants
UTAS Author:Shahidullah, AKM (Dr A K M Shahidullah)
ID Code:142366
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2021-01-12
Last Modified:2021-05-27
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