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    Bamboo and Non-Timber Forest Products Development Association (BNDA) was established in 2020 as a Lao local non-profit organizationwith under Lao legal statutes, BNDA is composed of young professionals and village technicians who are technically skilledtrainers coming from the villages. The BNDA has been created in order to support the capacity building of rural communities on sustainable natural resource management as bamboo and NTFPs with value chain development for livelihoods improvement.
    Since 2014, BNDA staffs thathave been working with GRET to support bamboo sector for discussion the long-term potentials for the continuation of their support in the province. The most attractive potential which would allow local expertise to realize their collective vision was development of a local non-profit association, designed to provide technical support and services on bamboo and NTFPs. Since 2017, these staffs along with new lao colleagues that initiated the process of NPA registration while collecting experience through supporting development of Bamboo and NTFPs value chains in more than 80 villages in 4 districts as Xamneua, Viengxay, Sabbao, and Huamueng in Houaphanhprovince. This experience includes the sustainable forest management plan through a bottom-up approach by using the learning cycle process tools in working with communities and other stakeholders. Additionally, practical experience and skill has been accumulatingon producer group development, market linkage and access, forest monitoring,bamboo plantation skills and team capacity building. Recognizing the important contribution that gender perspective could provide to the new association and its members and to communitiesbeing supported. In the past few years, the BNDA and its members have been learning and reflecting on gender issues and perspectives. This foundational initiative is supported using the Gender Action Learning System (GALS), which toolset allows communities to reflect and collectively better define contributing and activeroles that women and youth could play within the village and its different socio-economic structures (producer group, village forest committee, etc). As part of its inclusive vision. Also, have been learning-by-doing, diversity inclusion. So that, its approaches and methodologies could be well adapted to support persons with disabilities.
    In totality, now that the BNDA have been fully registered and recognized by the government, its members enthusiastically embark on the journey of fully utilizing itscollective expertise and experience to support the bamboo and NTFP sector within Houaphanh province and beyond.

    • Organisation

      Bamboo and Non-Timber Forest Products Development Association (BNDA) was established in 2020 as a Lao local non-profit organizationwith under Lao legal statutes, BNDA is composed of young professionals and village technicians who are technically skilledtrainers coming from the villages. The BNDA has been created in order to support the capacity building of rural communities on sustainable natural resource management as bamboo and NTFPs with value chain development for livelihoods improvement.
      Since 2014, BNDA staffs thathave been working with GRET to support bamboo sector for discussion the long-term potentials for the continuation of their support in the province. The most attractive potential which would allow local expertise to realize their collective vision was development of a local non-profit association, designed to provide technical support and services on bamboo and NTFPs. Since 2017, these staffs along with new lao colleagues that initiated the process of NPA registration while collecting experience through supporting development of Bamboo and NTFPs value chains in more than 80 villages in 4 districts as Xamneua, Viengxay, Sabbao, and Huamueng in Houaphanhprovince. This experience includes the sustainable forest management plan through a bottom-up approach by using the learning cycle process tools in working with communities and other stakeholders. Additionally, practical experience and skill has been accumulatingon producer group development, market linkage and access, forest monitoring,bamboo plantation skills and team capacity building. Recognizing the important contribution that gender perspective could provide to the new association and its members and to communitiesbeing supported. In the past few years, the BNDA and its members have been learning and reflecting on gender issues and perspectives. This foundational initiative is supported using the Gender Action Learning System (GALS), which toolset allows communities to reflect and collectively better define contributing and activeroles that women and youth could play within the village and its different socio-economic structures (producer group, village forest committee, etc). As part of its inclusive vision. Also, have been learning-by-doing, diversity inclusion. So that, its approaches and methodologies could be well adapted to support persons with disabilities.
      In totality, now that the BNDA have been fully registered and recognized by the government, its members enthusiastically embark on the journey of fully utilizing itscollective expertise and experience to support the bamboo and NTFP sector within Houaphanh province and beyond.

    • Project

      Further, very limited space exists for the village communities to reflect on the experience and lessons learned to improve working methods and tools that could really fit with the women and the youths. Unfortunately, Namsat and Houaphou village do not have any funding to support poor rural communities, but they have plenty of red mushroom natural resources with local actors to generate income to their families. experimenting with this new method and structure of the multi-stakeholder workshop will require new funding sources. If BNDA could be funded to continue to support this activity of new methodology including PPA and GALS, it could create good outcomes through to multi-stakeholder’s dialogue, and sustainable value chain development through income generation to poor community and especially the villagers and private sector to increase the capacity in the long-term production and trade strategy planning, visibility and stake-ownership in bamboo value chains development after the project phase-out. Especially, these 2 remote villages. There are 2 villages Namsa and Houphou village in Hiem district involve in the red mushroom chain are affected by poverty (The social economy of Huaphanh province, 22 January 2021), while there are 2 villages with 105 households, 133 families, 620 populations with 290 women, and 28 poor households, there are 5 households of people with disabilities and 6 people with disability. It is including elders, adults, young, disabled, and children.
      Empowering the ethnic women and young generation through sustainable natural resource management and value chain development with improving their socio-economic rights by using inclusive participatory approach and Gender Action Learning System. Specific Objective (SO) 01: To enabling of the producer groups (PGs) creation through different training and analysis with the villagers the importance of collective coordination and production through strengthening the group with clear roles and responsibilities that will best use the specialized skills of men, PWD, and women in the villages. This emphasizes teamwork, negotiation skills, and market linkage and access. This also includes PG development plan in the future after the project phases out, PG can continue and work with their PG members; Expected

      Result 1: Village representatives, women, PWD and youth representatives, and relevant government partners reflected shared experiences and lessons learned on method and tools used for income generation and resources management, gender issue and women and youth involvement Reflections contributed to improving, adapting the methods and tools to fit with villages and also how best to include women and youth

  • Project

    Further, very limited space exists for the village communities to reflect on the experience and lessons learned to improve working methods and tools that could really fit with the women and the youths. Unfortunately, Namsat and Houaphou village do not have any funding to support poor rural communities, but they have plenty of red mushroom natural resources with local actors to generate income to their families. experimenting with this new method and structure of the multi-stakeholder workshop will require new funding sources. If BNDA could be funded to continue to support this activity of new methodology including PPA and GALS, it could create good outcomes through to multi-stakeholder’s dialogue, and sustainable value chain development through income generation to poor community and especially the villagers and private sector to increase the capacity in the long-term production and trade strategy planning, visibility and stake-ownership in bamboo value chains development after the project phase-out. Especially, these 2 remote villages. There are 2 villages Namsa and Houphou village in Hiem district involve in the red mushroom chain are affected by poverty (The social economy of Huaphanh province, 22 January 2021), while there are 2 villages with 105 households, 133 families, 620 populations with 290 women, and 28 poor households, there are 5 households of people with disabilities and 6 people with disability. It is including elders, adults, young, disabled, and children.
    Empowering the ethnic women and young generation through sustainable natural resource management and value chain development with improving their socio-economic rights by using inclusive participatory approach and Gender Action Learning System. Specific Objective (SO) 01: To enabling of the producer groups (PGs) creation through different training and analysis with the villagers the importance of collective coordination and production through strengthening the group with clear roles and responsibilities that will best use the specialized skills of men, PWD, and women in the villages. This emphasizes teamwork, negotiation skills, and market linkage and access. This also includes PG development plan in the future after the project phases out, PG can continue and work with their PG members; Expected

    Result 1: Village representatives, women, PWD and youth representatives, and relevant government partners reflected shared experiences and lessons learned on method and tools used for income generation and resources management, gender issue and women and youth involvement Reflections contributed to improving, adapting the methods and tools to fit with villages and also how best to include women and youth

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