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Policies and incentives for improving the management of miombo woodlands to meet household needs in Southern Africa

This web-site describes A World Bank-supported project financed by the Trust Fund for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD) with support from the Government of Norway and Finland, and with additional support from the Multi-Donor Programme on Forests (PROFOR). It is being implemented by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in partnership with a number of institutions from Southern African countries

The purpose of the 2 year-project is to leverage some responsiveness in the World Bank's economic dialogue with governments in the region on the importance of miombo woodlands to rural households and national economic development in Southern Africa. The project builds on regional strategic themes which emphasize tree management by small farmers and the landless poor for survival and for safety net functions.

This work is expected to contribute to improved development outcomes in three important ways.

  • Firstly, it should provide guidance on how household dependence on dry woodland resources can be incorporated into broader poverty alleviation policies and initiatives.
  • Secondly, it will identify a range of social and economic policy options for inclusion in PRSPs and in other instruments with the objective of improving the management of miombo woodlands specifically to address the needs of the rural poor who depend on them.
  • Thirdly, it will recommend a range of technical approaches for improving miombo management to meet household needs.


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