Support to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of forest-based community businesses in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Description of project:

What strategies can be used to support forest-based enterprises in St. Vincent and the Grenadines?  The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) funded a US$32,000 project to find the best ways to support the development of forest-based enterprises in St. Vincent and the Grenadines between December 2014 and December 2015.  The one-year project supported the development of ecotourism enterprises managed by the Rose Hall Cultural and Development Organisation (RHCDO) and the Diamond Village Heritage Organisation (DVHO).  Both organisations were assisted by a business expert who served as a mentor for their enterprises and a community mobiliser who provided daily support.  Each enterprise was able to conduct market testing of its service and discover best practices for future tours.  The lessons from the project were disaggregated into a simple document targeted at the forest-based entrepreneur.

Highlights

  • Forest-based entrepreneurs develop and use business model canvasses to guide development of their enterprises

 Key activities and results:

  • Desk study of the 10 groups that FAO worked with in the past and identification of groups to work with
  • Field visit to construct the business models and business model canvases and determine the market testing activities
  • Mentoring and capacity-building of the enterprises
  • Evaluation of the process used
  • Development of a lessons learnt document

 For more information, contact Keisha Sandy, [email protected]

See related work under CANARI’s Rural Livelihoods programme

Tags: Forest management, Community forestry, Enterprise development.