PhD defence Verina Ingram: Win-wins in forest product value chains?

Photo Verina IngramVerina Ingram will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'Win-wins in forest product value chains? How governance impacts the sustainability of livelihoods based on non-timber forest products from Cameroon'. Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) such as nuts, leaves, resins, barks and honey have medicinal, food, energy, tool and cultural uses. This study examines eight such NTFP value chains from Cameroon, sold locally and exported worldwide. The study shows that their combined value is over 32 million US$ annually, more than previously realised. Around 34,000 people, including harvesters and traders, derive income from this trade.

Focusing on formal regulations alone in the current socio-political and economic contexts in the Congo Basin in Cameroon does not guarantee sustainable chains. Complementary, plural arrangements are shown to be more effective. They provide bundles of rights and responsibilities governing a species, its ecological niche, chain activities and benefits. Read the summary of the PhD Thesis.

(Co)promotors: Ton Dietz and Mirjam Ros-Tonen

Everyone is welcome! No registration needed.

Date, time and location

18 March 2014
12.00 - 13.30
University of Amsterdam, Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229-231, 1012 EZ Amsterdam