Political uncertainty limits the success of small wood product businesses across LATAM

5th March 2019

New study shows fluctuating political administrations de-stabilise business environment SMEs facing vicious circle of declining profitability and inability to access finance Broad ‘Illegal’ sector reputation restricts market opportunity for exporters   Lima, 5th March 2019:  Global Timber Forum (GTF) today launches the results of a multi-country timber industry study highlighting the major challenges facing small […]

New approach to increase responsible wood processing by African micro-businesses

22nd October 2018

LONDON, 22ND OCTOBER 2018: West, Central and East African associations outline support needed for 10,000 micro-businesses.   Identifies a ‘micro-business paradox’ with opportunities for change at scale being missed.   Research with twenty-one wood industry associations across six African countries reveals for the first time the extent of micro-businesses within their membership, the scale of […]

Towards a positive gender balance in the Ghanaian wood processing industry

12th October 2018

ACCRA, 12th OCTOBER 2018: New study describes existing gender balance and makes recommendations. The Global Timber Forum (GTF) today publishes a commissioned analysis of gender in the wood processing sector in Ghana. The new study reveals that in the wood processing sector women workers are much less visible than their male counterparts yet are involved in […]

GTF shares association research findings with EGILAT country members

20th August 2018

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 16th AUGUST 2018: GTF’s new Asia-Pacific Representative Stephen Mitchell presented at APEC’s 14th Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) meeting in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea in August. Held twice a year and open to government representatives of all 21 Pacific Rim member economies, the meeting is an exchange of information […]



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As training in Ghana concludes, delegates reflected on their experiences; ‘..insightful, informative & an eye opener for effective organisation of an association’ said Wood Workers’ Association of Ghana #Flegt #responsibletrade #microenterprises #SMEs

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Ghana’s leading associations building their capacity to support #SMEs & #microenterprises, practical challenges set through GTF’s training academy #responsibletrade #Flegt

One of today’s #NGP2019 highlights was interviewing Mr Ngu and Mr Luc, who both have small #timber plantations and are key members of their local cooperative

Reflecting on a wonderful couple of weeks in the Congo Basin delivering the @ZSLSPOTT Transparency Forums and connecting with colleagues at @ZSLAfrica. Fantastic to see so much passion amongst people for securing a more #sustainable and prosperous future in the region.