NTFP micro-enterprises for competitive forests and livelihoods in Ethiopia
Professor Adrian Wood
University of Huddersfield - AS
Ethio-wetlands & Natural Resources Association (EWNRA), Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), Ecopia, Feed Green Ethiopia, Apinec, Bench Maji Zone Environmental Protection and Forest Office, in SNNPRS
This project tackles a set of connected issues inhibiting community-based enterprise development in southwest Ethiopia. These challenges are linked to biodiversity and the need to provide local communities with livelihoods supported by under-utilised non-timber forest products. The project particularly focuses on developing value chains which enable economically excluded local women to create micro-enterprises targeting new national and international markets. The proposal is underpinned by a commitment to Participatory Forestry Management which promotes local involvement, sustainable economic development opportunities and biodiversity. Forest becomes more economically competitive through development of community level microenterprises collecting, processing and selling Non-Timber-Forest-Products which improve income for 5,000 people whose engagement in coffee harvesting is limited.