International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation


Cameroon, Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar

Value-added bamboo products, including furniture, can be an important market and lucrative source of income.


Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme

For millions of disadvantaged rural communities and smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, bamboo has the potential to contribute to poverty reduction, affordable and sustainable energy use, and environmental protection, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The aim of this project is to enhance incomes, livelihoods and climate change adaptive capacities of African smallholder farmers, women and youth by upscaling and increasing their participation in climate-smart bamboo value chains. It draws on the South-South cooperation between China and African countries, and within Africa, to share success stories and transfer best practices.


Specific objectives of the project include:

  • Upscaling and diversifying existing target country bamboo value chains and promoting industrialisation of bamboo products;
  • Facilitating the use of bamboo as a tool to reverse land degradation, reduce erosion, and protect watersheds.
  • Integrating bamboo into country development plans, particularly for climate change;
  • Enabling the transfer of best practices, knowledge, skills and technologies within Africa and from China.

Expected outcomes of the project include: reduced poverty and increased employment for smallholder farmers in target areas of the beneficiary countries; a measurable reduction in land degradation, with thousands of hectares of degraded land restored; the integration of bamboo into national-level sustainable development policies and programmes; increased intra-Africa and Sino-Africa bamboo sector exchange, trade and investment; and improved energy security of smallholder farmers through the production of bamboo charcoal briquettes.


In 2020, the programme made a number of important contributions to bamboo sector development:

  • Conducting bamboo resource assessments. The team helped organise resource assessments in Cameroon and Ghana, as well as a study of key bamboo value chains to promote in Ghana. More than 100 professionals in both countries were trained in how to conduct resource assessments in the future, using remote sensing and geographic information system technology.
  • Training and capacity development. In 2020, some 14,600 people were trained in a wide range of areas, from enterprise and bamboo business development to furniture and craft making, agroforestry system management, and sustainable bamboo propagation and management. Future training efforts have been ensured by the recruitment of 91 ‘community stewards’ to supervise training programmes and the establishment in 2020 of two new Common Production and Training Centres, which are operational in Cameroon and Ghana. Project staff also produced a number of manuals on bamboo management, agroforestry, treatment and preservation.
  • Bamboo planting and management. In 2020, the project established or upgraded eight bamboo nurseries, producing and distributing seedlings to smallholder farmers, individual enterprises and the government for plantation and restoration projects.
  • Strengthening political support for bamboo sector development. With INBAR’s inputs, a National Bamboo Strategic Plan for Ghana was published and launched in 2020. INBAR also strengthened its partnerships with a number of governments and organisations to cement support for continued training and scaling up of important bamboo value chains in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar.

For more information about the project, please contact:

  • Ernest Nti Acheampong, Programme Director, enacheampong [at] inbar [dot] int, Ghana
  • Rene Kaam, Regional Director and Project Coordinator, rkaam [at] inbar [dot] int, Cameroon
  • Bedilu Kifle, National Project Coordinator, bkifle [at] inbar [dot] int, Ethiopia
  • Michael Kwaku, National Project Coordinator, mkwaku [at] inbar [dot] int, Ghana
  • Rajaonarison Andranjaka Hanitriniala, National Project Coordinator, njakar [at] inbar [dot] int, Madagascar

Project resources

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