Constraints and opportunities in rattan production-to-consumption systems in Asia
Belcher, B. 1999. Constraints and opportunities in rattan production-to-consumption systems in Asia . In: Bacilieri, R., Appanah, S.. Rattan cultivation: achievements, problems and prospects. An International Consultation of Experts for the Project: Conservation, Genetic Improvement, and Silviculture of Rattans in South-East Asia 12-14 May, 1998, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. :116-138.
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Six systems of rattan production, processing and marketing from four Asian countries are compared using a production-to-consumption systems approach. Cases were selected to represent a range of management and capital intensity at different stages. Strong similarities among the cases are explained by characteristics of the material and similar policy treatments among the four countries. There is a tendency toward increasing intensity and scale in the manufacturing sector, but this has not translated into incentives for improved management in raw material production. The industry in most countries is still based mainly on the unsustainable exploitation of wild rattan, although there are technically feasible systems for intensifying production. Raw material shortages are already being experienced in the industry. The situation represent a good opportunity for investment. The paper concludes by identifying key areas for attention