Developing local light industry

Small-scale manufacturing
Cottage industry
Initiating appropriate light industry
Starting local industries ventures
Extending local light industry
Increasing light industry base
Launching light industry ventures
Establishing light industry
Accelerating light industry development
Introducing suitable light industry

Developing industrial ventures which a few people with limited capital can initiate. These include cottage industries; ancillary industry; small scale processing of local products (i.e., jam making from locally grown fruit); and intermediate assembly of products.


The difficulties of making large industrial investments in uncertain economic times have made small productive units attractive, especially in lesser-developed economies, in rural areas and among the unemployed.

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.


The private sector and local communities, in cooperation with national governments, should promote local infrastructure development, including communication networks, mini- or micro-hydro development to support cottage industries, and access to markets.

Counter Claim:

Light industry of this type has an extremely high failure rate for individual industries.


Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal