History and Mission

INBAR evolved out of an informal network of bamboo and rattan researchers, set up in 1984 by Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

Since then, INBAR membership has grown to include 40 countries, with regional offices that are extending our network across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

This growth represents a remarkable transformation from a temporary project that had previously found it difficult to attract new partners and funding.

However, it was not until 1995 that a more permanent organisation began to take shape, with the proposal to base its headquarters in China in 1995 and the creation of the China-INBAR Preparation Leading Group in 1996 paving the way for INBAR’s official launch.

On 6th November 1997, nine founding member states and observers from 6 other countries witnessed the signing of the INBAR Establishment Agreement at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Founding Countries:

Bangladesh, Canada, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Peru and Tanzania.

Observer Countries:

Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Thailand.


Our mission is to improve the well-being of producers and users of bamboo and rattan, while maintaining a sustainable resource base by supporting innovative research and development.

After more than 15 years of successful operations, the INBAR network is now widely recognised as the premiere source of expertise on bamboo and rattan – but our work doesn’t stop there.

By 2015 we aim to have further improved the lives of the people who live with bamboo and rattan, and to have produced a broad portfolio of tested solutions to development challenges.

Meanwhile, as we strive to contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goals, we aim to promote these solutions among researchers, policymakers and the private sector and encourage them to invest in bamboo and rattan.

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