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25 May 2023  | Meeting of

Meeting of HUC Thematic Working Group on Mountain Agriculture

published date
25 May 2023 to 26 May 2023
Chi Huyen Truong (Shachi)

Representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Australia, and the UK from the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC)’s Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Mountain Agriculture are coming together to attend this first in-person meeting post-Covid 19. HUC’s TWG on Mountain Agriculture has the distinction of being the very first as well as the longest-lasting TWG. This meeting will set priorities for research collaboration, capacity building, and curriculum uptake among HUC member universities in the region.  


  • Develop the 2023 workplan for the TWG on Mountain Agriculture


Expected outcome
  • Establish better regional collaboration in research and training in mountain agriculture



The HUC TWGs promote regional collaboration in research and training for sustainable mountain development by enhancing the networking and partnership amongst institutions and providing the opportunity for joint research activities. The TWGs are designed to identify priorities for actions in their themes/areas; jointly develop research proposals to be submitted to donors; and collaborate in training and curriculum building/uptake from research in respective working areas:

  • Mountain Heritage and Tourism
  • World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) My Climate Risk
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
  • Mountain Agriculture
  • Himalayan Environmental Humanities
  • Cryosphere and Society
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water


25 May 2023: Meeting of the TWG on Mountain Agriculture (half day)
  HUC TWG members arrive
13:00–14:00 Lunch (meet and greet with new arrivals for HUC TWG meeting)
14:00–15:30 Introduction and welcome – HUC Secretariat Summary of the policy writeshop Updates on activities and research plans from TWG members
  • Option for 10 min presentations from each TWG member on research/teaching/institution/etc
15:30–16:00 Tea & coffee
16:00–17:00 Summary of activities from HUC TWG on Mountain Agriculture Open discussion: opportunities for collaboration
17:00–18:00 Work on action plans for TWGs moving forward Feedback from the Secretariat Discuss agenda for final day
26 May 2023: Field visits
09:30–19:30 Depart venue in Dhulikhel in the morning and return by evening   Detailed agenda of field visits to follow
27 May 2023: Departures
  Transfer to airport for departures