The first batch of 20 trainees including 2 women have benefited from a one-month intensive training in bamboo furniture design, cutting, joinery and product finishing at the newly established Common Production and Training Centre (CPTC) in Cameroon.
March 22, 2021 – The one-month training which started in February, is part of efforts to add value to Cameroon’s bamboo resources and enhance the skills of local bamboo artisans. INBAR’s Central Africa Regional Office, setup the CPTC to support local artisans and individuals to acquire skills in high-quality bamboo furniture construction, while offering smallholder farmers, an opportunity to cultivate and sell bamboo culms to the centre for income.
The centre is also equipped with machines capable of processing bamboo strips into toothpicks for the local market. Over 300 smallholder farmers, women and youth are expected to benefit from the centre in the medium to long term through capacity development training among others.
The CPTC concept is an innovative approach under the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, which aims at enhancing the incomes and livelihoods of smallholder farmers, women and youth by upscaling and increasing their participation in climate-smart bamboo value chains. A similar centre has also been set up in Ghana to offer the same services under the programme.
During the training, Cameroon’s Minister of Forestry, H.E Jules Doret Ndongo paid a working visit to experience at first hand, the ongoing training in bamboo toothpick production and bamboo round culm furniture construction. He was impressed with the training and expressed the government and ministry’s support towards developing Cameroon’s bamboo value chain.
Learn more about the Inter-Africa Bamboo Programme here.