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Support bamboo industry and SME value chains in Uganda: Selected cases

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Support bamboo industry and SME value chains in Uganda: Selected cases

Publisher:

INBAR

Year:

2022

Pages:

11

Keywords:

Uganda, bamboo, green

Bamboo is widely used by communities across Uganda. Local communities produce and make use of bamboo for house construction and production of crafts. It is also used for the production of granaries, production of basketry, bean-stakes, and fuelwood. A study by Bitariho (2015) illustrates that in Bwindi and Mgahinga locations, local communities live in bamboo houses and 84% of the products used in homesteads are derived from bamboo. This shows the importance of bamboo for meeting the sustenance needs, income, and employment needs of the local communities in Uganda. Bamboo in Uganda is an important non-timber forest product locally used for making handicrafts, furniture, construction, and generating energy. Studies put the current number of bamboo stakeholders at close to 41,000,000 (INBAR, 2018), with the vast majority of these actors found in the Mbale, Sironko, Kabale, Adjumani, Moyo, Rubanda and Kisoro districts of Uganda.

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