Forest-based Associations in India: an overview
Small and medium forest enterprises in India face a number of challenges including increasing global competition, shortages of raw materials and consequent policy restrictions. Associations have formed to address emerging policy constraints, cut costs and develop new markets. Many new products and technologies have emerged as a result. This study highlights some of the main issues facing 25 forest-based association from north, central and west India. It highlights why they formed and how they have evolved over time to address new policy and market challenges. Considering the large membership base of these associations, the report argues that appropriate support to them is a useful development strategy.