A roadmap for strengthening the wooden furniture industry in Jepara, Central Java, is making its way into law, thanks to participatory action research by CIFOR and its partners.
Furniture making is central to the culture and economy of Jepara, a district in Central Java, Indonesia. Yet it can be hard for small-scale furniture producers to make a living: high-quality teak and mahogany are in short supply; producers have weak bargaining power and little business knowledge; and cash just doesn’t seem to flow. This mix of problems may take these furniture artisans deeper into poverty.
CIFOR and its partners set out to tackle these problems through the Furniture Value Chain Project, supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. To be sure they made a difference, the project team joined forces with the Jepara Furniture Multi-stakeholder Forum, Jepara local government agencies, the Forestry Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Forestry, and Bogor Agricultural University.
By the time the project wrapped up in June 2013, its impacts were already being felt.
Herry Purnomo, CIFOR Scientist, appointed Professor of Forest Management and Governance at Bogor Agricultural University in 2013
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Value chain research across Southeast Asia
With such positive outcomes for Jepara, CIFOR is ready to scale up the action research — to other parts of Indonesia, to other value chains and to other ASEAN countries, with scoping visits planned for 2014.
“Roadmap for Jepara’s Furniture Industry 2013–2023”
A strategic action plan, formulated as part of the action research, is being passed into local law by the Jepara District Parliament.
Jepara Small-Scale Furniture Producers Association (APKJ) formed.
APKJ members benefited from networking, meeting customers and policymakers.
Furniture maker Abdul Latif, who obtained timber legality certification with support from CIFOR