RESEARCH UPDATE: Opportunities for Appalachian Forest Products in Guatemala and El Salvador: A Case Study

Scott Lyon, swlyon@vt.edu
MS Candidate
Virginia Tech
 

From November 17-24, 2010 Dr. Henry Quesada and Scott Lyon, graduate research assistant visited 8 forest product importers, 2 non-government organizations, and 2 governmental forestry agencies in Guatemala and El Salvador. The researchers were examining the forest products markets in these countries to identify opportunities for Appalachian forest products companies. The researchers used a structured interview to gain valuable information about the companies and organizations. The objectives were to: (1) identify main competitors of forest product companies in Central American countries; (2) investigate distribution channels of forest products; and (3) investigate local production, demand, and policy of forest products in Central American countries.

Figure 1. Teak Plantation (Author's photo)

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