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Research Report

The bamboo production to consumption system in Cameroon

Verina Ingram
Julius Chupezi Tieguhong
Eric Maturin Nkamgnia
Jean Paul Eyebe
Mathew Ngawel
Copyright Date: Jan. 1, 2010
Pages: 110
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. 1-18)

    Bamboo resources have been known and promoted to enhance the economic and ecological wellbeing of resource dependent communities in Asia. The same effort is recently and gradually being made in Africa, facilitated by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). INBAR is at the centre of efforts to promote research (on production systems, processing, utilisation and socio-economic impacts), technology transfer (on processing techniques) and exchange of information and capacity building in the bamboo sector globally. This study forms part of INBAR’s efforts to develop the bamboo sector in Africa and the Central African subregion in particular, in partnership with...

  2. (pp. 19-22)

    The main method employed during this study was the Production to Consumption System (PCS). The PCS approach assesses and describes the chain of activities from the production of raw material, through various trading nodes and processing to the final consumer of derived products. According to Belcher (1995), the term ‘production to consumption system’ is the entire chain of activities from production of raw material through various stages of intermediate sales and processing, to the consumer of the final product. The PCS includes the technologies used to process the material as well as the social, political and economic environment in which...

  3. (pp. 23-50)

    This section reports on the main findings of the field work, providing first an overview and then detailed information on each group of the main actors.

    Five major groups of actors are found in the bamboo PCS in Cameroon. These actors consist of individual owners of bamboo stands, collectors, processors, traders and consumers. The system in Cameroon is relatively simple with direct links between many of these groups. Indirect actors include those with authority over harvesting bamboo (village chiefs, traditional councils and councils) (Figure 16). It is notable that government authorities are largely absent in the control or regulation of...

  4. (pp. 51-54)

    Belcher (1998) and Ruiz-Perez (1999) note that successful trade requires a minimum set of skills and assets, including business contacts and knowledge of the ways of doing business. Poor people typically do not have those skills and assets and so, when new commercial opportunities arise, they may be out-competed by local ‘elites’, with more power and capital to invest, better connections, and better skills, or by competitors from other areas. Research in China shows differential benefits to different farmers and harvesters depending upon local conditions and their level of development. In the early stages of PCS development as opportunities in...

  5. (pp. 55-58)

    Cameroon currently has no specific policy to promote the bamboo sector either at the local or national level. However, a policy appears to be emerging. A five-member official delegation from Cameroon, headed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (Mr Koulagna Koutou Denis), visited China from 19-29 July 2009, to explore cooperation with INBAR and to study the Chinese experience in developing its bamboo sector. There was also a strong presence and interest from the Cameroon Government delegation and actors from the sector at the International Workshop on Enhancing Opportunities for Market-Led Bamboo and Rattan Based...

  6. (pp. 59-62)

    To map out development opportunities for the bamboo PCS, actors were asked questions such as ‘What should be done to enhance the bamboo industry in the country?’, ‘How do you see the market in the future?’, ‘As a consumer, what improvements in the transformation of bamboo are needed?’, and ‘Do you need any urgent technical assistance?’ When collectors were asked the general question as to what could be done to enhance the overall bamboo industry, most of them (64%) indicated a need for open, good training centres for bamboo-based activities; 23% stated the need to make the public aware of...