Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Housing for East Africa

Urbanization, housing and poverty are very much interrelated in sub-Saharan Africa.

This project will endeavor to transfer new bamboo-based prefabricated housing technology from China and India to East Africa, thereby providing affordable, durable, healthy and environmentally friendly houses for the urban poor. Because bamboo can be used in construction after 2-6 years of growth, compared to 25 years for trees, the project addresses the problem (deforestation) of harvesting timber for building material and fuel for brick-making kilns. Moreover, it also provides an alternative to monocultures such as tobacco for smallholder income-generation. Researchers will support the transfer of modern prefabricated bamboo housing production from China to Ethiopia, and demonstrate the technology in Kenya and Uganda.

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Start Date

Sunday, March 1, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


28 months

IDRC Officer

Leone, Michele

Total funding

CA$ 496,300


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Uganda


Climate Change

Project Leader

Shyam K. Paudel


International Network for Bamboo and Rattan

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