Bamboo nursery (1)
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InHand Abra Foundation, Philippines. 2001. Bamboo nursery (1). INBAR, Beijing, China
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A community bamboo nursery is a cooperative venture between community members who all play a part in running it and all benefit from it
What are Community Bamboo Nurseries? A community bamboo nursery is a cooperative venture between community members who all play a part in running it and all benefit from it. As a larger unit than would be feasible at the individual level, the unit has more leverage in accessing inputs and selling its outputs. Collective facilities can be established for the benefit of all, such as central propagation facilities, advisers and machinery. What is the market for the bamboos they produce? The market for bamboo plants varies considerably with location. Bamboo cultivation is being promoted throughout the bamboo growing regions of the world and is ever increasing. Locally, an investigation into the potential market would be beneficial and continuous feedback is necessary to ensure the unit is able to adapt and develop to suit market requirements. What is the role of a community bamboo nursery in rural development? The community bamboo nursery fulfills two important roles. Firstly it enhances the livelihoods of poor, rural farmers and does so by drawing upon their own inherent plant cultivation skills. The community nature of the unit will empower each worker with a voice and a role in its running. Secondly it promotes environmental protection, especially if established on degraded lands. Bamboos can be intercropped with other food plants, and so it also helps to improve food security. How do I establish a community bamboo nursery? There are eight steps: 1) create a blueprint, 2) develop a strategy, 3) design or define a bamboo technology that accords with market requirements, 4) institute a staged process of development, 5) form support groups and production teams, 6) Monitor progress and returns to facilitate continuous improvement to assure sustainability, 7) establish a system of rewards, 8) Infuse team values of commitment to customer requirements, commitment to excel, teamwork, trust, respect for the individual, and continuous improvement.