Survival of Jepara Furniture

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and its partners is carrying out research project entitled “Mahogany and teak furniture: action research to improve value chain efficiency and enhance livelihoods” project (2008-2013). The project is funded by ACIAR and implemented in partnership with the Jepara District Government, the Jepara Multi stakeholder Forum, the Forestry Research and Development Agency of Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Bogor Agricultural University. The project aims to improve mahogany and teak small-scale furniture enterprises in Jepara through enhancing the structure and function of the furniture industry. Improved governance and efficiency may secure furniture enterprises, enhance incomes for small-scale producers, and position them in a greater role within the value chain.

The movie in English and Bahasa Indonesia is describing the struggle of small-scale producers and CIFOR’s action research to improve the small-scale producers. It tell us about the common problems faced by the small scale furniture industry, particularly producers. This movie is expected to improve the value of Jepara furniture, which is not only seen as a commodity but also as a creative and cultural heritage. The movie targets furniture consumers, policy makers, practitioners, activists, traders and academicians.