The two trainings were conducted in Dhankuta and Ilam cluster of UNNATI Programme on 26 Feb- 03 March and 16-18 March 2016, with  aims to build the capacity of value chain actors including Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to identify relevant issues based on data and information and to advocate their members issues for policy dialogue; and to map the potential PSOs and CSOs that can work in coalition with group/association to generate evidence-based data and information for policy advocacy. A total of 87 participants from seven project districts representing Trade Unions (GEFONT, NTUC and ANTUC), District Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI), Federation of Non-governmental Organization (FNGO) and value chain actors representing Orthodox Tea, Ginger, Cardamom and Dairy.

By the end of the training, the knowledge of the participants on issues identification through data and information gathering; research for evidence based advocacy and writing concept note for policy advocacy were enhanced.  The training provided tools and techniques to collect the evidence (i.e. data and information) for the policy advocacy focusing on four value chain products (Ginger, Orthodox Tea, Dairy and Cardamom). The training also advanced the knowledge and skill of the participants for consultation, participatory research and process for the policy advocacy. The training provided knowledge and skill to the participants to identify the issues related to their value chain products. The discussion on the SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat) analysis enriched the participant’s knowledge to know their ground reality and the steps to be taken for the effective advocacy at their level.