Small and medium scale forest enterprises
Small and medium forest enterprises
For most people living in rural areas forests and trees are sources of food, fuel, fodder, medicines, and building materials as well as cash income. The poorer rural people, the more dependent on forest they are.
FAO assists communities and individuals in developing income-generating tree and forest product enterprises. Having an income generating forest enterprise nurture a local forestry culture to sustainably manage and protect the resource this enterprise is based upon.
Small and medium scale forest enterprises (SMFE) are designed with the help of participatory methodologies such as Market Analysis & Development (M A & D) and operate, when applicable, with community-based forestry. Successful SMFE are, depending on type, linked to coequal participation including gender aspects, secure forest tenure, available financing, and an enabling policy framework including on-the-ground sustainable forest management support.
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