Producer Organisation

Stronger together: How trade associations in tropical timber-producing countries multiply benefits for forest sector MSMEs

The arguments put forward in this paper draw upon the experience accrued in supporting associations of timber producers through the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme. As part of a Programme-experience capitalisation process, staff members conducted interviews with both service providers and, where possible, end beneficiaries of the projects. The Programme analyzed the impacts of these projects to determine best practices for supporting associations and the benefits they bring to MSMEs.