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Type of Document Major Paper
Author Robertson, Sean Thomas
Author's Email Address serobert@vt.edu
URN etd-01082002-141224
Title Small-Scale Forest-Based Enterprises: Benefiting Rural Livelihoods in Developing Countries
Degree Master of Science
Department Urban Affairs and Planning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ebrahim, Alnoor S. Committee Co-Chair
Hammett, Alfred L. Tom Committee Co-Chair
Levy, John M. Committee Member
  • rural livelihoods
  • forest-based enterprise
  • community forestry
  • microenterprise
Date of Defense 2001-12-21
Availability unrestricted
Small-scale forest-based enterprises (SSFBEs) are enterprises that utilize any material or

product that is derived from forests, woodlands, or trees outside of forests and woodlands

for income generation. Characteristically, they are small, rural, household-based

operations that are technologically simple, requiring limited skills and little capital

investment. Little attention has been paid to the importance of these enterprises in

supporting rural livelihood in developing countries. At the same time, the income earned

from SSFBEs provides an incentive for forest dwellers to manage their resources at a

sustainable level, as well as helping to alleviate rural poverty. SSFBEs are, however, not

without their problems. They face unstable markets, lack of raw materials, few financial

resources, poor market access, and constraints on forest use and control, to name a few.

The purpose of this paper is to provide a qualitative overview of SSFBEs by discussing

their role in and importance to rural communities in developing countries, their

significance in poverty alleviation and forest conservation, problems they face, and

possible solutions.

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