Improving livelihoods through smallholder and community forestry projects

  • Achieving the millennium development goals in African dry forests: From local action to national policy reform

Locations: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Zambia
Duration: July 2006–June 2009
Funder: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Objective: To improve incomes for the rural poor by strengthening the economic incentives for sustainable forest management in selected countries in dryland Africa.


  • Changing the health worker’s paradigm: Riches from the forests

Locations: Amazonia, Central Africa, East and West Kalimantan, the Philippines
Duration: March 2007–June 2009
Funder: Swedish International Biodiversity Programme
Objective: To improve health delivery systems in forested landscapes through better consideration of the role of forest biodiversity in human health.

  • Decentralisation reforms and property rights: Potentials and puzzles for forest sustainability and livelihoods

Locations: Bolivia, Uganda
Duration: January 2006–September 2009
Funder: US Agency for International Development
Objective: To improve natural resource policy by developing knowledge about the institutional conditions and interactions which will deliver benefits equitably to local people, while sustaining natural resources, with particular attention given to the impact of natural resources policy on gender roles.

  • Improving economic outcomes for smallholders growing teak in agroforestry systems in Indonesia

Location: Indonesia
Duration: January 2007–December 2010
Funder: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Objective: To enhance the role of smallholders in teak production in Indonesia by identifying impediments to involvement and identifying means to alleviate those impediments, thereby improving livelihoods of smallholders.
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  • Mahogany and teak furniture: Action research to improve value chain efficiency and enhance livelihoods

Location: Indonesia
Duration: June 2008–May 2013
Funder: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Objective: To enhance the structure and functioning of the furniture industry, from wood material acquisition to marketing, currently compromised by inefficient processes, which often result in overharvesting of plantations, poor incentives for wood producers, and misuse of wood resources.
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  • Makala: Sustainable management of fuelwood in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Locations: Kinshasa and Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo
Duration: February 2009–January 2013
Funder: European Union
Objective: To respond to the increasing domestic energy needs of central Africa and address the risks of unsustainable use of forest resources.
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  • Mobilisation and strengthening nontimber forest products (NTFPs) in Central Africa

Locations: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo
Duration: December 2008–March 2009
Funder: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN
Objective: The project has four focus areas: To carry out a baseline study of honey production in the Bas Fleuve area in the Democratic Republic of Congo; to conduct a prunus inventory in agroforests in southwest and northwest provinces of Cameroon; to develop a system for evaluating real market value of nontimber forest products; and to carry out a baseline study for bush mango in the east and southwest provinces of Cameroon.

  • Natural capital and poverty reduction (Tropical forests poverty alleviation)

Locations: Malawi, Uganda
Duration: October 2007–September 2011
Funder: Assets and Market Access BASIS programme, US Agency for International Development.
Objective: To examine the role of environmental income in risk management, asset accumulation and poverty reduction. Activities centre on strengthening host-country capacity for policy analysis in two key areas. The first is the role of natural insurance among the rural poor, including the degree to which environmental income serves as a safety net. The second is the potential for poor rural households to use environmental income to accumulate physical and human capital, and move out of poverty.

  • Tropical forestry for poverty alleviation: From household data to global analysis

Locations: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ghana
Duration: August 2007–December 2010
Funder: University of Copenhagen
Objective: To advance our understanding of the role of tropical forests in preventing and reducing rural poverty under different contextual scenarios.

  • Tropical forests in poverty alleviation: From household data to a global comparative analysis

Locations: Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso,  Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru,   Senegal, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Duration: January 2008–December 2010
Funders: UK Department for International Development, UK Economic and Social Research Council
Objective: To undertake a comprehensive, global comparative analysis of the role of forests and environmental income in preventing and reducing rural poverty, which builds on a centrally coordinated pantropical data bank with high-quality primary household and village data collected through the Poverty Environment Network.