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Cameroon, Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar
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:
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:
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INBAR trained bamboo harvesters and traders in business development due to the increasing demand for bamboo culms in Ghana A total of 50 bamboo harvesters and traders in Ghana benefited from a 2-day (11-12 May) business development training workshop in Accra as part of an ongoing series of training for bamboo value-chain actors to enhance […]
On 9 May 2022, INBAR West Africa Regional Office organised a round table stakeholder dialogue meeting in Accra to discuss action steps and identify opportunities in areas such as landscape restoration, bioenergy production, job creation and livelihood enhancement to ensure the ongoing implementation of Ghana’s Bamboo and Rattan Policy Strategy is aligned with the country’s […]
INBAR in collaboration with the Ethiopian Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture organised the third National Policy Roundtable INBAR has recently conducted its third national policy round table dubbed – Creating a competitive and sustainable bamboo industry in Ethiopia. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change Commission, now […]
INBAR held a workshop to bring together financial institutions and bamboo and rattan artisans in Ghana. On Friday, 4 March 2022, INBAR West Africa Regional Office (WARO) organised an awareness workshop in Accra for representatives of banks and other financial institutions as well as bamboo and rattan Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) under the Inter Africa […]
This is an adapted translation from the article “Rattan and bamboo: The right path” from the Cameroon Tribune. The Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella and the Regional Director of the Central Africa Regional Office of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation, René Kaam hold a meeting last Thursday on ways to boost the […]
INBAR conducts capacity-building on bamboo weaving and product design in Ghana. Twenty-five trainees from Kpando-Abgenoxoe, a rural community in the Volta Region of Ghana have successfully completed a 2-week intensive training in bamboo weaving and product design. The training which started on 24 January to 8 February 2022 was organised by INBAR under the Inter-Africa […]
Delegates discovered the bamboo sector development of Kenya in a recent study tour held in the country. From 28 November to 2 December 2021, in collaboration with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), INBAR organised in Kenya the in-country bamboo study tour. The tour gathered about 35 delegates from Belgium, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, […]
On 2-5 November 2021, experts from the INBAR Task Force on Sustainable Bamboo Management met in Accra, Ghana to work on a range of bamboo standards. The meeting was held alongside a capacity-building workshop for representatives of 11 countries, on how to create standards for bamboo products. Both activities were part of the South-South and […]
INBAR recent training session in Ghana focused on bamboo weaving and product development. INBAR has trained 50 young women and men in bamboo weaving and product development. The training, which occurred from 3-17 June 2021 involved members from the Bompata community in the Asante Akim South Municipal in Ashanti Region of Ghana. Within a period of 14 days, […]
The “Green Ghana Project” to plant 5 million trees and bamboo for greening and restoring land in the country. 11 June 2021 marked an exciting new chapter in Ghana as the country embarked on a mission dubbed the “Green Ghana Project” to plant 5 million trees including bamboo. Spearheaded by the Ministry of Land and […]
INBAR Central Africa Regional Office planted 300 bamboo seedlings in Cameroon to commemorate World Environment Day. Cameroon joined the rest of the world on 5 June 2021 to commemorate the 47 edition of the World Environment Day under the theme “Ecosystem Restoration”. As part of events to mark the day, INBAR Central Africa Regional Office […]
INBAR African Member States participants joined the Ghana Bamboo Study Tour from 27-29 April 2021. As part of initiatives to share Ghana’s bamboo development experience and knowledge with the rest of Africa, 13 international participants from INBAR Member states in Central, Eastern and West Africa, joined 47 of their colleagues in Ghana on a 4-day […]