This book summarises the impacts of our furniture value chain project on the furniture industry in Jepara, Central Java. The project, entitled ‘Mahogany and teak furniture: action research to improve value chain efficiency and enhance livelihoods’, was conducted between 2008 and 2013, with the support of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The project was a collaboration between CIFOR, the Faculty of Forestry of Bogor Agricultural University,the Forestry Research and Development Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, Jepara Furniture Cluster Forum and the Jepara District Government.
The book describes the use of value chain analysis and participatory action research (PAR) to understand and strengthen the role and position of small-scale furniture makers in Jepara’s furniture value chain. The analysis was used to construct four scenarios for improving the role of small-scale furniture producers: moving up the value chain to be closer to buyers, institutionalising a small-scale furniture producers association, collaborating down the value chain with timber suppliers, and developing ‘green furniture’ products. These scenarios, within the frame of PAR, were developed into action plans that were then implemented and monitored. The book also describes the policy roadmap completed to support the future survival and growth of small-scale furniture makers in Jepara.