Upgrading Incense Stick Value Chains

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Upgrading Incense Stick Value Chains

India

2008
2011

India is the world’s largest producer of incense sticks (agarbatti) with annual production of approximately 100 billion sticks and rapid growth in domestic and an in export markets. Existing agarbatti value chains that employ large numbers of rural producers using traditional skills are restricted due to lacking training of production and business practices. A consequence is that these producers only earn subsistence level incomes. To improve existing agarbatti value chains, the project focused on transferring knowledge from INBAR earlier action research in Tripura,that has demonstrated increased involvement and incomes for rural women producers in the bamboo argarbatti sector. The project ‘strengthened institutional and market structures to enhance women producers’ role in existing value chains

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