The overall aim is to improve livelihoods for farmers and processing workers and the international competitiveness of Lao PDR wood industries through improved efficiency of key elements of the planted wood value chain. Specific objectives are to:
- address constraints and inefficiencies in the value chain, from harvest to processor stages, that limit returns to smallholder growers;
- increase returns to processors and smallholders through improved efficiencies of the primary wood processing sector;
- improve the value and quality of wood products for domestic and export markets
- enhance the competitiveness and capacity of wood processing industries.
The project builds upon the achievements from a previous project, FST/2005/100 Value-adding to Lao plantation timber products, which focused on building capacity and enhancing the range, quality and value of manufactured wood products in Lao PDR.