Main activities

Our mission is to improve the sustainable utilization of NWFP in order to contribute to the wise management of the world's forests, to conserve their biodiversity, and to improve income generation and food security. The programme accomplishes this mission through the following activities:


Chikwang: a local staple prepared by wrapping a plantain paste in banana leaves.Enhancing Food Security through Non-wood Forest Products in Central Africa

The utilization and commercialization of non-wood forest products (NWFP) fosters food security in Central Africa. Important NWFP include edible plants, medicinal plants and rattan. The valorization of NWFP offers an opportunity for rural populations and other stakeholders to increase their incomes based on the sustainable management of forest resources. FAO has been requested to support Central African countries to identify and implement policy measures in order to promote the sustainable management of NWFP and to equally share the benefits from their exploitation and utilization.  More>>>





Information dissemination

NWFP UpdateOne of the major activities of the NWFP programme is information dissemination. We produce a quarterly newsletter - NWFP Update. In addition, we respond to requests from the public for information on a great variety of topics related to NWFP. Information can be found in the regional publications (cross-link to “publications>regional pubs”), the thematic publications , the NWFP series  and the NWFP working documents.  More>>>




Insects for food and feed 

The Contribution of Insects to Food Security, Livelihoods and the EnvironmentFor approximately 2.5 billion people, mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, eating insects is part of their common diets, in a similar way as eating meat or fish. FAO’s Forestry Department is taking steps in drawing attention to this valuable food source, such as mapping worldwide activities in this field, proposing a communication strategy (publication and congress), and by outlining the opportunities of insects as a viable source of protein. In the Global South, a re-evaluation of the food resource is required, while in the Global North processing technology needs to be developed in order to make it an acceptable food item.  More>>>



last updated:  Friday, January 24, 2014