Exploring Potentials of the Bamboo Sector for Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods in Ethiopia: An Institutional and Market Analysis of Bamboo-Based Value Web
Jessie Lin, Saurabh Gupta
University of Hohenheim, Social and Institutional Change in Agriculture Development, Germany
Effective management of natural resources and forest produce is very important for enhancing the livelihoods of smallholders in resource rich but economically poor countries like Ethiopia. Bamboo is one of the more important natural resources in Ethiopia with potential usages in construction, furniture and handicrafts, floor boards, incense sticks, paper and energy supply (bamboo-based charcoal), among others. While the country is the largest producer of bamboo in Africa, the existing utilization of bamboo-sector in Ethiopia remains under-developed with little value addition. As a result, Ethiopian bamboo-growers continue to suffer from food insecurity and seasonal vulnerabilities. What are the governance and institutional challenges in the development and growth of bamboo sector in the country? How can Ethiopian bamboo growers as well as traders and processors benefit from the development of the sector? These are the main analytical questions addressed in this paper.
Keywords: Bamboo, Ethiopia, food security, natural resource base, sustainable livelihoods, value chains
Contact Address: Jessie Lin, University of Hohenheim, Social and Institutional Change in Agriculture Development, 70593 Stuttgart, Germany, e-mail: jessie.lin9gmail.com