Partnerships for involving small-scale growers in commercial forestry: lessons from Australia and Indonesia
The trade relationship between small-scale growers and processing companies often plays an important role in determining the nature and extent of benefits derived from commercial forestry, and the distribution of these benefits. Many strategies are used by individual small-scale growers, village communities, companies and government agencies to form partnerships to undertake commercial forestry including outgrower schemes, land leasing by companies, and using intermediary brokers between small-scale growers and processors. This article reports on the key findings of a three-year research project that explored different business partnerships used in commercial forestry in Australia and Indonesia, and identified the critical factors for beneficial and enduring partnerships. The key lessons from this research are that, for many small-scale growers to form successful partnerships with other investors, they need:
increased knowledge of the operations and components of commercial forestry;
improved access to competitive markets;
increased knowledge of the dynamics of forest product markets;
improved capacity of local farmer forest groups to share experiences and information, and build their knowledge of commercial forestry; and
reduced administrative and financial burden imposed by government on small-scale forestry operations.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2009
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- The International Forestry Review is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes original research and review papers on all aspects of forest policy and science, with an emphasis on issues of transnational significance. It is published four times per year, in March, June, September and December. Theme editions are a regular feature and attract a wide audience.
The IFR is part of The Global Forest Information Service - GFIS
International Forestry Review has a 5-year impact factor of 1.733
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