Training on Bamboo Crafts and Furniture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
This is an English excerpt of the article ‘Environnement : un nouvel élan pour la filière bambou à Yangambi’ from Boyoma Info website.
Theoretical and practical training on bamboo handicrafts and furniture took place on 8-16 July in Yangambi, a town in Isangi Territory of Tshopo Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. This capacity-building workshop was funded by the European Union through the “Nouveaux Paysages du Congo” project in collaboration with INBAR, the Centre for International Forestry Research, and the Resources & Synergies Development (R&SD) company. The workshop has brought together 36 artisans from 23 villages and neighbourhoods around Yangambi in order to promote the creation of small and medium-sized enterprises that can transform the region’s abundant bamboo resources hence supply both the national and international markets with various products.
Esther Meadan, a junior expert at R&SD and head of the bamboo program said that during the initial stage, the handcraft component was privileged to show local artisans in Yangambi and its surroundings the surprising multitude of objects made from bamboo and the exceptional quality that can be achieved by their artisan counterparts in other countries such as China, Japan, Bangladesh and Indonesia. “A large number of artisans are interested in improving their bamboo processing technics,” he said. Thanks to this training, artisans are already able to use bamboo to make items such as beds, chairs, wardrobes, baskets and mats.
Donald Kibhuti, one of the trainers of this workshop explained that during nearly ten days of the workshop, the artisans were able to strengthen their skills in post-harvest and processing methods, design conceptualization, assembly, and finishing, as well as the storage and transport of bamboo products to the market.
With the possibility of initiating the use of bamboo for charcoal production in future editions, it is clear that these efforts are part of a larger initiative to give a new driving force to the bamboo sector in the region, and thus induce a new dynamism to the local economy while supporting the green and sustainable management of the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve.
Read the full blog on the Boyoma Info website (in French).