Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal have huge potential to use bamboo as a resource to alleviate poverty, but the bamboo sector remains underutilised in all three countries. A number of barriers exist, including poorly managed or inaccessible bamboo stocks, poor quality or low-value products and a lack of market opportunities. This project focused on scaling up current practices and technical knowledge transfer to develop this sector.
Bamboo rehabilitation and management training enabled 25 community artisans to improve current practices. New skills in bamboo weaving and furniture production now enable the export of these products to international markets. In addition, new bamboo management techniques enabled farmers to produce larger and thicker quantities of bamboo shoots.