Enterprise Development Assistance to Emerging Community‐based NTFP Enterprises (Forest Honey and Indigenous Crafts) in Northeast Cambodia

COUNTRY/REGION: Cambodia
DURATION: 2009

PROJECT OBJECTIVES  AND DESCRIPTION: The  sustainable  management  and value chain  development  of  Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs)  can  provide  holistic contributions  to  national  interests,  particularly  better  income  for  rural  (especially  forest resource‐dependent)  communities,  biodiversity  conservation  and  capturing  market niches  for  Cambodia‐made  products.  

The aim of this  case  study project was to  establish  functional  community‐based  (village and  provincial‐based)  NTFP  enterprises  (CBNEs)  in  Northeast  Cambodia  by  providing adequate  enterprise  development  support  services  and  linkages.  In particular, it was proposed to  assist  two CBNEs  in  their  start‐up  stages  of  enterprise  development  and intervene  across  the  critical  parameters  of  development,  particularly  in  terms  of defining  and  tapping  the  market,  installation  and  strengthening  of  quality  control, production  and  financial  system  of  the  enterprises.    Through  targeted  enterprise development  assistance  within  the  case  study  period,  the  CBNEs  were  expected  to reach  the  build‐up  stage.

Fund  support   from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), with backstopping from  FAO, was  used  to  meet  specific  unbudgeted  demands  of the emerging  CBNEs  in  Northeast  Cambodia,  namely  CaNDO  Craft  Center  (CCC)  in Ratanakiri  province  and  the  Mondulkiri  Wild  Honey  Network  (MWHN).   These CBNEs have  been  working  in  partnership  with  local,  regional  and  international  NGOs,  namely Cambodian  NTFP  Development  Organization  (CaNDO),  Non‐timber  Forest  Products Exchange  Programme  (NTFP‐EP, who is  a  network  of  NGOs  and  community  based organizations  in  India,  Philippines,  Indonesia,  Malaysia,  Vietnam  and  Cambodia), and Worldwide  Fund  For  Nature  (WWF)  since  2007.

PROJECT PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS:

  • Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme for South and Southeast Asia (NTFP‐EP),  Cambodian NTFP Development Organization (CaNDO), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Sahakreas CEDAC Ltd
  • Mondulkiri Wild Honey Network, CaNDO Craft Center (CCC)

ACTIVITIES:

The NTFP‐EP delivered  direct  enterprise  development  assistance  to  its  community based  NTFP  enterprise  (CBNE)  and  NGO  partners  in  Northeast  Cambodia.   The Mondulkiri  Wild  Honey  Network  (MWHN)  and  CaNDO  Craft  Center  (CCC)  were supported  in  business  planning,  marketing  and  promotions,  product  development  and value‐addition,  production  improvements  through  tools  and  materials  assistance, enterprise  systems  installation  (especially  quality  control,  costing,  pricing  and  financial systems)  and  improvements.   The  two  CBNEs  were  enabled  with  better  enterprise skills,  capacity  and  systems.

Presently,  the  enterprises  are  still  on  the  cusp  between  start‐up  and  build‐up  stages. However,  demonstrated  progress  has  been  made  along  the  parameters  of  enterprise development  particularly  in  markets,  product  quality,  product  system  and  technology, staff  skills,  and  in  enterprise  systems.  

ACHIEVEMENTS AND OUTCOMES: The following specific  results  were  achieved:

a)  the  development  and  operationalization  of  the  Mondulkiri  Wild  business  plan;

b) the drafting  of  the  CCC  business  plan  for  2010‐2012; 

c) the market  testing  of CaNDO  Craft  product  line; 

d)  the  initiation  of  the  domestic  market  positioning  of Mondulkiri  Wild  as  a  community  branded,  pure,  sustainably  harvested,  quality  wild honey;

e)  the  installation  of  production  and  enterprise  systems  for  CCC,  and  improvements  in  MWHN; 

f)  the  establishment  of  market  linkages  and  technical  partnerships  particularly  with Sahakreas  CEDAC  around  quality  standards,  and  the  preparation  for  installation  and management  of  a  simple  processing  and  packaging  facility  in  Phnom  Penh.  

In addition,  NTFP‐EP  local  staff  and  partners  are  oriented  in  CBNE  development  and are  beginning  to  build  their  capacity  through  coaching,  training,  and  actual  practice  as service  providers  and  community  based  enterprise  facilitators. 

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For further information please contact:

Sophie Grouwels
Forestry Officer
Forest Policy & Economics Team (FOEP)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla - 00153 Rome - Italy
Phone: +39 06 57055299
Fax: +39 06 57055514
E-mail: Sophie.Grouwels@fao.org

last updated:  Tuesday, October 18, 2011