Bamboo is more plentiful in Ethiopia than in any other African nation. But experts say this "green gold" is poorly managed. Since local bamboo is ideal for production of apparel, textiles and paper, bamboo growers and investors would like to better position themselves in this expanding market.
Khalid Duri, General Manager of Powering Agriculture Innovator African Bamboo, was featured in a news story produced by TV2 Africa. The story highlights the potential market for Ethiopian bamboo. African Bamboo is developing an innovative manufacturing process to turn Ethiopia’s plentiful bamboo into flooring.
At USAID’s Ag Innovation Investment Summit, innovators share strategies for addressing food security, water access and energy needs in developing countries. The goal: to turn local and regional projects into sustainable business ideas with a broad and long-lasting reach around the world.
PAEGC toured the pilot bamboo flooring production facility that uses the innovative modified process designed by African Bamboo. The process allows for a higher quality bamboo flooring product. When full-scale production is reached farmers' incomes will increase by approximately 30 percent.
The vision of the Ethiopian company, African Bamboo, is to produce and deliver innovative and environmentally sustainable, high-quality wooden floorboards of bamboo for national and global export while achieving positive social, environmental and economic benefits.
Fields of bamboo can be breath taking in appearance. Reality, however, is difficult and people living in bamboo rich countries like Ethiopia are fighting for their daily food. With the help of this tough plant, though, farmers in the Sidama region are hoping that their living conditions can improve.
Sebastian Weber of African Bamboo discusses ThermoBoo—their environmentally friendly thermal bamboo modification process—allowing Ethiopia’s plentiful and renewable bamboo resources to be processed and marketed to a range of domestic and international buyers.