Tan­za­nia: New in­come for 5,000 ru­ral women

Africa Renewal - - Africa Watch: Burundi -

Bam­boohas been in­creas­ing in im­por­tance as a non-tim­ber for­est prod­uct in Tan­za­nia over the last two decades, ac­cord­ing to IN­BAR. Lo­cally bam­boo is sought for hand­i­crafts, res­i­den­tial fenc­ing, flower farm­ing, farm props for ba­nana plan­ta­tions, fur­ni­ture and other mi­nor cot­tage in­dus­try prod­ucts like bas­ketry and tooth­picks.

Al­most all the bam­boo prod­ucts made in the coun­try are used do­mes­ti­cally. Bam­boo farms should be es­tab­lished to en­sure a sus­tain­able sup­ply for the hand­i­craft, con­struc­tion and hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­tries, among oth­ers.

IN­BAR, in part­ner­ship with the In­ter­na­tional Fund for Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment, helped es­tab­lish 100 bam­boo nurs­eries and set up mi­cro-en­ter­prises, and trained 1,000 lo­cals in a spe­cially cre­ated Bam­boo Train­ing Cen­ter.

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