In 2003, an action research-based development programme using local bamboos for benefitting poor rural communities in the Konkan Division in Maharashtra State, India, was set up by INBAR in partnership with CIBART. This publication describes how the
initiatives at the Konkan Action Research Site (ARS) first seeded and then nurtured growth. It analyses how the strategies have resulted in quantitatively and qualitatively enhanced rural livelihoods, while addressing local, cross-cutting social and economic
challenges, such as dependence on rain-fed agriculture, male urban migration, caste prejudices and low market demand.