Community-based forest enterprise development
Introduction to and preliminary planning phase for systematic support to NTFP based enterprise development in RDC
Three sites were selected in Democratic Republic of Congo for the implementation of the project: Kinshasa, Equateur and Bas-Congo provinces.
The project has focused in three non-wood forest products, selected for its potential commercial value:
- Fumbwa (Gnetum spp.)
- Safou (Dacryodes edulis)
Main results/outputs achieved within the project in the year 2007 in RDCIntermediate Result 1: Capacity building of small and medium scale enterprises enhanced and sustained
Training on Market Analysis and Development (MA&D) in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The training organised in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was attended by 15 people, including the Regional and the National Coordinator, the Lead Technical Officer of the project, the Associate Professional Officer, the 6 local technical advisors (CTL) for Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo, and field technicians from other FAO projects. The Local technical advisors have applied the MA & D tools during the training’s field component and have consequently developed their work plans for implementing MA&D phase 1 in Cameroon and DRC.
Market Analysis and Development (MA & D) aims at assisting rural communities and other stakeholders develop income generating enterprises while managing their resources in a sustainable way. MA & D is a process that systematically considers social and environmental concerns while also taking into account the commercial, financial and technological issues related to the development of small enterprises. MA & D is participatory because it continuously involves rural communities throughout the process, from identification and planning of forest enterprises to the sustainable management of their resources.
Intermediate result 2: Value chains of major NWFP are developed and sustained
Trade of gnetum in RDC
Study of production, marketing and consumption of major NWFP
A mission carried out in August 2007 in the Democratic Republic of Congo provided useful information on the potential partners of the project and insight in honey, safou (Dacryodes edulis) and Gnetum spp. value chains. The main production zones of safou and honey in the province of Bas-Congo were identified as well as the constraints that affect various value chains. There is a real need for capacity building in enterprise development, value addition and quality enhancement to meet international standards.
Organize meetings with different participants involved in the relevant value chains
Intermediate result 3: A functioning legal and institutional framework is adapted to NWFP actors and enterprises in Central Africa