It is believed that the livelihood of 2 billion people across the world (and 3.3 million people in Nepal) is associated with bamboo. There are more that 1000 documented uses of bamboo for food, energy, housing, basket weaving, laminated flooring, soil protection, etc. According to INBAR world bamboo trade accounts for around 2000 million USD per year.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, which matures in 3-5 years. Bamboo is flexible yet it can be strong as mild steel in tension. The fast growing natures makes it potential for carbon sequestration. There is a growing interest in Nepal and the rest of the world for using this plant in modern construction, furniture, flooring, plantation etc. However, for many farmers, planners, builders, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs the basic information regarding the uses, potential and techniques of bamboo is readily not available.
Abari, a Nepali research, design and construction has developed many bamboo construction and treatment technologies which have been exported to about a dozen countries. Basing its knowledge of working with bamboo for the last five years, it propose an application that gives out users information in the form of audio, video, pictures, textual data on :
1. Basic concepts of bamboo construction
2. ways to make construction joints etc.
3. harvesting, plantation and treatment methods
4. statistical facts like compressive and tensile strength