Reconstructing the Concept of Forest-Based Enterprise Development in Nepal: Towards a Pro-Poor Approach

Authors

  • Bharat Pokharel Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Dinesh Paudel Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Peter Branney Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Dil Bahadur Khatri Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Mike Nurse Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jfl.v5i1.1981

Keywords:

community forestry, poverty reduction, enterprise, entrepreneurship, equity, income generation, employment

Abstract

This paper demonstrates that community forests have high potential to make a significant contribution to rural income and employment through non-timber forest products enterprises particularly to the poor. The paper highlights a practical experience of the pro-poor entrepreneurship approach, its process, steps and outcomes through examination of a recently-developed enterprise in Jiri, Dolakha district of the central hills region of Nepal. The paper concludes that there are five key aspects which need additional attention for a successful pro-poor enterprise: the scale of the enterprise; pro-poor governance of community groups; necessary skills and capacity to empower the poor producers, both socially and economically; partnership building among private, community groups and poor households; and specialized services to tap competitive markets and conducive policy environment.

Key Words: community forestry, poverty reduction, enterprise, entrepreneurship, equity, income generation, employment

doi: 10.3126/jfl.v5i1.1981

Journal of Forest and Livelihood 5(1) February, 2006 pp.53-65

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Author Biographies

Bharat Pokharel, Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Programme Advisor; Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dinesh Paudel, Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Programme Advisor; Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Peter Branney, Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Programme Manager; Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dil Bahadur Khatri, Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Programme Assistant; Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Mike Nurse, Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Programme Assistant Manager; Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Published

2009-06-24

How to Cite

Pokharel, B., Paudel, D., Branney, P., Khatri, D. B., & Nurse, M. (2009). Reconstructing the Concept of Forest-Based Enterprise Development in Nepal: Towards a Pro-Poor Approach. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 5(1), 53–65. https://doi.org/10.3126/jfl.v5i1.1981

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