Small forest producers are often ignored or marginalised by policies and institutions. Decision-makers often assume that an army of small producers, if left unchecked, will only ever destroy the forest. This may or may not be the case. Either way, a good level of organisation of small producers is needed, so that they can fight their corner; or so improvements in their practices can be made. This tool provides an approach and a framework for development practitioners to help small producers, such as pitsawyers. It shows how partnerships with other players can also create incentives for small producers to base long term livelihoods on sustaining - not destroying - local forest resources.
A summary card of this tool is available to download in four languages in PDF format:
The complete tool is also available (PDF format):
Please cite this tool as:
Krassowska, K. and Davidson, M. 2005. Organsing pitsawyers to engage. Power tools series. Budongo Community Development Organisation, Masindi, Uganda and International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK.