Inter Africa bamboo smallholder farmers livehood development programm

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for millions of disadvantaged rural communities and smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, bamboo could contribute to poverty reduction, youth employment, and environmental protection, contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development goals. Bamboo is easilyintegrated into smallholder agriculture – including wastelands, degradedlands and in homesteads – and can alsobe farmed as a cash crop. A perennial resource with relatively high tolerance to climate shocks, suchas drought and fluctuating temperatures, bamboo can help to build smallholder resilience to climate change. It can harvested annually or as needed for cash. Bamboo can be sold for timber or burnt for energy, and this can enable rural communities to break into the biomass and energy product markets and raise off-farm income.

This programm draws on South-South cooperation between China and Africa and within Africa to upscale climate-smart, smallholder-basedbamboo value chains in Africa. The approach builds on 20 years of IFAD investments with the international bamboo and rattan Organization, which have successfully validated smallholder bamboo value chain models and technologies. Worldwide, these models have created 250,000 new rural jobs, primarily benefiting women and youth.

Overall programm goal

To enhance incomes, livehoods and climate change adaptive capacities of African samllholder farmers, women and youth by upscaling and increasing their participation in climate-smart bamboo value chains.

Programm overview

The objectives will be achieved through a wide application of bamboo technologies in each country, and capacity development on all levels. Stronger integration of bamboo technologies into formal markets will be achieved by strengthening private sector partnerships and reinforcing linkages to IFAD loan projects and national government country programmes. The programm will also introduce inter-Africa South-South cooperation by twinning the two currentbeneficiary countries, Ethiopia and Ghana, to partners in west (Ghana) and Central Africa (Cameroon) to replicate and share lessons learned. Finally, the programme will tap into China’s unique world-learning experience in smallholder-based livehood development in the bamboo sector, which has seenaround 8 million jobs and an annual domestic market worth $32 million established in the past 30 years.

Beneficiary countries

  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Madagascar



  • State forestry administration (SFA)
  • Ministry of finance and Commerce (MOFCOM)
  • Tsinghua University
  • Zhejiang A&F University (ZAFU)


  • Ministry of environment, forests and climate Change
  • Ministry of agriculture & natural resources
  • Addis Abeba University
  • Ethiopian environment and forest research institute (EEFRI)
  • Adal industrial Plc
  • Amhara forestry entreprise
  • Amhara Pulp and paper factory


  • Ministry of forests and wildwife (MINFOF)
  • Forest and Rural Development (FODER)
  • Ministry of foreign affairs (MINREX)
  • Special council support fund for mutual assistance (FEICOM)
  • Ministry of environment, nature protection and sustainable development (MINEPDED)


  • Rural microentreprise poles and regional economies (PROSPERER)
  • Vocational training and agricultural productivity imrpovement programme (FORMAPROD)
  • Ministry of environment, ecology and forests
  • Centre for rural development and applied research (FIFAMANOR)
  • Centre for international bamboo resource and technology (CIBART)
  • Saint Gabriel NGO
  • Sovannarine tropicale factory


  • Forestry research institute of Ghana (FORIG)
  • Kwame Nkrumah university of science and technology (Department of animal science)
  • Ministry of land and natural resources
  • Forestry commission of Ghana
  • Resource management support centre (RMSC)
  • Environmental protection agency (EPA)
  • Rural entreprises programme (REP)
  • Netherlands development organisation – SNV, Ghana
  • Tropenbos international – Ghana
  • Bamboo artisan association
  • Kwamoka farms
  • Bamboo bikes bright-generation community foundation Ghana

Period : 2018 – 2021

Executive partner: International Bamboo an Ratian Organisation (INBAR)

Donor: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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