When parasitism brings prosperity: a case of Yarsagunbu (caterpillar fungus) harvesting and trade in Nepal

Shrestha, Uttam Babu (2019) When parasitism brings prosperity: a case of Yarsagunbu (caterpillar fungus) harvesting and trade in Nepal. Studies in Nepali history and society, 24 (2). pp. 415-431. ISSN 1025-5109


Abstract

Yarsagunbu is a relatively new commodity in Nepal. It appeared in trade roughly two decades ago, has now become the most hunted natural medicinal species in the country. This commentary on different dimensions of yarsagunbu harvesting and trade is primarily based on my personal observation gathered during the field research, conducted in various parts of Nepal since 2012. It provides accounts of the evolution of yarsagunbu as a dominant commodity in Nepal, socio-economic aspects of its harvesting and trade, and the impacts of the Maoist insurgency on the trade and community-based management. Along with the life history of this bizarre creature, this essay offers evidence of the recent socio-economic transformations in the remote mountain villages since large-scale yarsagunbu collection and trade has begun.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 23:23
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Yarsagunbu; socio-economic transformations; trade;
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410499 Environmental management not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37501

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