Monday | May 5th     13.15 - 14.45

Equitable development: Improving livelihood benefits for smallholders in the forestry value chain

Hosted by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

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The session featured presentations focusing on the following aspects of research along the value chain:

  • silviculture (Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam)
  • social aspects of community-based forestry (Indonesia)
  • plantation productivity and sustainability (China, Indonesia and the Mekong countries)
  • markets for timber and non-timber products (Indonesia and Nepal)
  • value chains and policy research for furniture production (Indonesia).

Presentations were given by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) researchers employed by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Australian forestry research agencies. The researchers identified the livelihood benefits that come from focused collaborative research projects involving international scientists and partner country scientists, and illustrated their presentations with specific examples from ACIAR-funded projects.

Presentations from the session:

Sustainable timber production: Multi-stakeholder and conflict resolution models

ACIAR’s contributions to forestry research in Asia

Silviculture for Smallholders: improving local forestry value chains

Smallholder engagement with short-rotation industrial plantation forestry

Making Timber Plantation as an Attractive Business to Smallholders

Market for timber and non-timber products

Green Economy and Furniture Value Chains

Understanding policy frameworks to facilitate smallholders’ production and integrated marketing of timber and NTFPs in Indonesia

Key questions addressed in the session:

  1. What sort of research is needed to enhance and sustain livelihoods from forestry?
  2. What is the appropriate balance between biophysical and social research?
  3. Will research on markets and value chains result in improved livelihoods from forestry?