The Jepara furniture industry has been experiencing boom and bust in the last decade since the monetary crisis in 1998. More than 20% of local furniture industries were not able to survive between 2005 and 2010. Since 2008, CIFOR and partners funded by ACIAR have been conducting action research to learn and develop strategies to improve local furniture industries, focusing on micro- and small- scale enterprises. In order to have direct impact and immediate adoption, CIFOR and partners work with selected Champions of small and micro furniture industries and entrepreneurs who later the role of agents of change. They are immediate beneficiaries of the action research project. Different levels of involvement imply different rates of adoption. Champions have proven that they are able to improve through institutional strengthening, management training, use of information technology and better access to market.
Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
Publication Year: 2013
Source: Furniture, timber and forest ecosystem service value chains : Proceedings of the symposium, IPB Convention Center, Bogor, 14 February 2013. 10-15Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.