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Consumption value and income potential of bamboo in the Philippines: evidence from selected areas and case studies

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This paper provides an analysis of the value of bamboo used by households in selected areas in northern Philippines, as well as benefits from bamboo farms based on case studies. Household use of bamboo is for building rural houses and making farm implements while commercial use includes manufacture of furniture and handicraft, trading of bamboo products, and construction and repair of fish pens and cages. Results show higher utilization rates in areas where bamboo craft and markets are well developed. The use value of bamboo parks based on estimated travel cost of visitors is much higher than reported revenues generated from entrance fees. The case farms have very limited income potential due to poor marketing management.


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