The role of selected non-timber forest products for rural areas in Laos : case studies in Ban Napo and Ban Kouay communities

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Title: The role of selected non-timber forest products for rural areas in Laos : case studies in Ban Napo and Ban Kouay communities
Author: Chakma, Dipjoy
Other contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta, Metsätieteiden laitos
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Forest Sciences
Helsingfors universitet, Agrikultur- och forstvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för skogsvetenskaper
Publisher: Helsingfors universitet
Date: 2011
Language: eng
Thesis level: master's thesis
Discipline: Skogsekonomi och marknadsföring (marknadsföring av skogsprodukter)
Forest economics and marketing (Forest products marketing and management)
Metsäekonomia ja markkinointi (Metsän tuotteiden markkinointi)
Abstract: Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are one of the major income sources for the rural population of Laos. An exploratory study was conducted to determine the role of non-timber forest products for rural communities of the study area. The study was carried out in two villages viz. Ban Napo and Ban Kouay of Sangthong district between January and March 2010. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to gather data from the respondents. Twenty-five respondents from each village were chosen based on their involvement in NTFPs collection and marketing activities. Statistically significant NTFPs income differences were not found between the villages and age groups of the respondents, however, significant differences were found in the annual incomes between farms size of the respondents. This study also analyzed the value chain structure of the three (See khai’ ton, Bamboo mats and Incense sticks) important non-timber forest products and the interactions between the actors in the case study areas. Barriers to entry the market, governance and upgrading possibilities have been discussed for each of the value chains. Comparison of unit prices at different levels of the value chains indicated uneven income distribution in favour of the intermediaries, factories and foreign buyers. The lack of capital, marketing information and negotiation skills restricted the villagers to increase their income. However, all the respondents have shown their satisfaction with their income from NTFPs.
Subject: Laos
Ban Napo
Ban Kouay
Value Chain
Bamboo Mats
Incense sticks
See khai' ton

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