International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Upgrading Incense Stick Value Chains




Promoting value-added incense stick production as a livelihood option for women in Tripura, India

India is the world’s largest producer of incense sticks (agarbatti) with an 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 a lack of training in relevant production and business practices. As a consequence, these producers only earn subsistence level incomes. To improve existing agarbatti value chains, the project focused on transferring knowledge from an earlier INBAR action research site in Tripura,that has demonstrated increased involvement and incomes for rural women producers in the bamboo argarbatti sector. The project served to strengthen institutional and market structures to enhance women producers role in existing value chains.