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Development and Commoditization of the Pre-Fabricated Modular Bamboo Housing in Asia and Africa (CFC/INBAR/07)

The project objectives are to enhance the design and technology of pre-fabricated modular bamboo housing. This would be done by establishing pre-fabricated bamboo housing production centres in Asia (Nepal) and Africa (Ethiopia) and by building local capacities and transferring the technology developed in China. Specific objectives include developing community-based production chains and establish linkages between community-owned pre-processing enterprises and processing centres, in order to maximise the benefits from the projects to the poor, to build capacity of local communities to cultivate, manage, harvest and pre-process bamboo for the housing industry and to promote bamboo in the housing market in Asia and Africa as a reliable and environmentally friendly building material. The project is fully operational since February 2009 and is making satisfactory progress. Laboratory tests of the selected species have been completed, and the processing equipment has been procured and is in the process of shipment and installation. Designs of the houses had been finalized by the consultant and national partners. The processing and pre-processing facilities will become operational from middle 2012.