ANSAB develops eight toolkits as part of its Rural Development Toolkit Series

ANSAB has developed eight practical, and easy for use toolkits as part of ANSAB’s Rural Development Toolkit Series (2010) with financial support from the blue moon fund (bmf). ANSAB believes these toolkits will be instrumental in presenting ANSAB’s effective rural development methodologies to the larger number of development actors.

1. Business Planning for Community Based Natural Product Enterprises: This Toolkit offers skills, methods and tools with which the field facilitators can support rural people to prepare and implement the business plan for their enterprises. The purpose is to build the capacity of facilitators and enterprise leaders on how they can support a rigorous process of planning and successful operation of sustainable community-based natural product enterprises.

2. Entrepreneurship Development of Natural Resources Dependent Communities: This Toolkit focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills and capacities of local communities, especially the poorest among them, to promote the development of sustainable community based natural product enterprises. The purpose is to provide guidance in developing and implementing programs on developing entrepreneurship skills and culture at the community level.

3. Marketing Information System (MIS) for Natural Products: This Toolkit focuses on the process of setting up a marketing information system (MIS) program and the methods of collection, processing and dissemination of information on markets and marketing of natural products. The objective is to provide guidance in developing and implementing the MIS for natural products in order to enhance market transparency and good value chain governance.

4. Participatory Inventory of Non-Timber Forest Products: This Toolkit provides practical methods and tools to determine total stock and harvestable amount of the selected Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP)s and derive specific recommendations for forest management interventions. The objective is to provide participatory inventory method that provides a basis for sustainable forest management.

5. Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring in Community Managed Forests: This Toolkit provides methods and tools needed to generate useful data to periodically assess the biodiversity status and to track the impact of community based forest management on biodiversity. The purpose is to derive important lessons for improving management that promotes the conservation of biodiversity while maximizing the value of forest products and services.

6. Development and Mobilization of Local Resource Persons (LRPs): This Toolkit focuses on the process and methods of recruiting, training and mobilizing local resource persons (LRPs) so that development services could be more effectively delivered in rural settings through locally available human resource even beyond the termination of a development project.

7. Certification of Community Managed Forests: This Toolkit focuses on group forest management certification. The major objective of the toolkit is to provide important methods and tools for developing and implementing the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) group forest management certification so that the communities achieve a position of getting recognition and rewards for their good practices, while conserving the forest and biodiversity.

8. Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification for Community Enterprises: This Toolkit provides field practitioners and program managers with up to date methods, tools and techniques for obtaining and implementing the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Group Chain of Custody certification. The purpose is to enable small companies and cooperatives promote their certified products in national and international markets and get rewarded.