The furniture industry provides employment and livelihoods to millions of people. However, insecurity of raw material and power imbalance throughout the value chain impoverishes small-scale producers and results in an unsustainable furniture industry. In this presentation, CIFOR scientist Herry Purnomo uses a system dynamics approach to describe the long value chain of the Indonesian furniture industry, taking Jepara, Indonesia as a case study. He concludes with some recommendations for plausible actions to sustain wood-based industries and improve the livelihood of local communities. He gave this presentation at the MODSIM International Congress on Model and Simulations held on 12-16 December 2011 in Perth. The conference took the theme 'Sustaining Our Future: understanding and living with uncertainty'.
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