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Bamboo and Rattan Update

‘Africa: Reflections on 25 Years’

Bamboo and Rattan Update  Volume 3 Issue 1

From handicrafts to houses, charcoal briquettes to bicycles, bamboo and rattan are an integral part of millions of African people’s lives, material cultures and built environment. They can be critical, nature-based solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing issues. This special issue of INBAR’s magazine, Bamboo and Rattan Update, examines bamboo and rattan’s potential in Africa, and reflects on 25 years of INBAR’s work on the continent. Click on the image, or browse the content below:


Policymakers from 10 of INBAR’s African Member States share their thoughts on how bamboo and rattan are being used to promote pro-poor, environmentally sustainable development.

A lack of standards is hindering the development of the continent’s bamboo and rattan sectors—but work is underway to change that. By Professor Abel Olorunnisola.

A new training hub will offer critical opportunities for transferring knowledge and technologies between Africa and China. By Dr. Fu Jinhe.

Kenya’s first fully integrated bamboo company could pave the way for future entrepreneurs. By Ms. Kuki Njeru.

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BRU  is published quarterly in Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

The Chinese, French and Spanish editions are usually posted about one month after the English.


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About Bamboo and Rattan Update

Bamboo and Rattan Update is a magazine dedicated to sharing the latest high-quality research and news about the bamboo and rattan sector. It is published by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR).

Bamboo and rattan are two of the world’s most valuable non-timber forest products. These plants can be a critical part of more sustainable development. Bamboo and Rattan Update provides a platform for policy makers, researchers and development practitioners to showcase their news, research and activities from across the world.

Established in 2020, Bamboo and Rattan Update publishes four times a year, in March, June, September and December. The editorial team welcomes submissions on a range of topical, fresh topics with an emphasis on sustainable development, including:

  • Key messages on bamboo and rattan’s contribution to the SDGs;
  • Summaries of conferences or events about bamboo and rattan across the world;
  • Best practices, pilot projects and profiles of successful initiatives, companies and people which are using bamboo and rattan in new ways, scaling up their use, or raising awareness;
  • New research and applications into bamboo and rattan’s uses, with a focus on sustainable development initiatives.

Authors wishing to submit content should send a 100-summary of their intended article to bru-magazine@inbar.int. Authors must bear in mind the editorial guidelines when preparing their submission.

Previous issues

Volume 2 Issue 4 (2021 Q4): ‘Building the Future with Bamboo’

The construction sector is responsible for more than a third of annual carbon dioxide emissions. Low-carbon, biobased construction materials must be a critical part of a more sustainable future. How can bamboo materials compete? This issue of BRU considers how bamboo poles and engineered bamboo materials measure up with steel, cement and PVC.

Read the issue here.

Volume 2 Issue 3 (2021 Q3): ‘Bamboo: Fibre of the Future ‘

From plastic cups to PVC, straws to wind turbine blades… bamboo is fast becoming a feasible replacement for a number of materials. This issue of BRU explores some of the latest bamboo innovations, and how countries can do more to develop this ‘fibre of the future’.

Read the issue here.


Volume 2 Issue 2 (2021 Q2): ‘Out of the Woods? The Future of Rattan’

It thrives in tropical forests. But increasingly, rattan is becoming a fixture in houses around the world. This issue of BRU explores the future of this spiky climbing palm, and how its growth can benefit rural communities.

Read the issue here.


Volume 2 Issue 1 (2021 Q1): ‘Vernacular Bamboo Architecture’

It’s one of the oldest building materials – but can bamboo be relevant to construction in the 21st century? This issue of BRU speaks to some of the people who are modernising vernacular bamboo architecture.

Read the issue here.


Volume 1 Issue 2 (2020 Q4): ‘Conservation and Communities’

This issue of BRU is themed around conservation. Authors in this issue look at the complex, interwoven relationships between bamboo, rattan, and the species which depend on these plants, including humans.

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Volume 1 Issue 1 (2020 Q3): ‘Bamboo, Rattan and Sustainable Development’

The first issue of BRU looks at bamboo and rattan for sustainable development. The issue features articles from a number of key experts in the field of bamboo’s research and use, from the 1950s onwards.

Read the issue here.