Non-Wood Forest Products News

Non-timber forest products: the way forward for the rural woman? 7 March 2014 Historically, NTFP gathering and food crop cultivation were mainly for domestic use. But those days are gone — the opening of remote areas, better access to urban markets, and new opportunities of income have motivated women and men in forest communities to be actively involved in the sale of NTFPs and agricultural products in order to make more money. [more]
NWFP Update 2014/02 21 February 2014 Welcome to our first issue for 2014, which will focus on the institutional dimensions of NWFPs and the degree to which legal and institutional frameworks on NWFPs should be improved. [more]
Morocco - Plants could be at the root of new jobs 17 February 2014 A new photo story ” Plants could be at the root of new jobs ” has been released by the EU Neighbhourhood Info Centre, highlighting the achievements of an EU-funded research project in Morocco. [more]
Call of the wild 15 February 2014 One way of categorising wild foods gathered for subsistence is through their importance for people’s survival. Some are exclusively famine foods (leaves of celosia and bidens, usually regarded as weeds), some are seasonal (bamboo shoots during monsoon), some are occasional (bamboo seeds during the periodic flowering), some are collected routinely as a staple (various yams and greens) and some may be delicacies (such as the larvae of Vespid wasps). [more]
Vietnam tries “community forestry” model to protect forests 24 December 2013 To date, 280,000 hectares of the total 15.3 million hectares of forests have been allocated to local people for forestry production and 513,000 hectares have been allocated for management and protection. The figures would be increasing sharply in the future as local authorities have realized that Vietnam needs to rely on the community to protect forests [more]
Amazon condom factory: a sustainable way to profit from Brazil's forests 20 December 2013 Deep in the Amazon rainforest , in Brazil 's far western region, tappers walk the forest trails, harvesting liquid latex from the trunks of the bountiful native rubber trees. [more]
Strength in Numbers: Effective forest producer organizations 25 November 2013 This document is a compilation of cases showing how forest farmers have organized themselves and the lessons drawn so far, with the aim of providing ideas and motivation to service providers and farmers alike. It highlights the need for farmers to have their say on forest policy and legal issues, and to have better access to markets, services and finance. It also provides an insight into the kind of activities and processes that can be supported by the Forest and Farm Facility hosted by FAO, and by the Farmers Fighting Poverty programme at AgriCord. [more]
FAO urges policy-makers to strengthen forest producer organizations 25 November 2013 25 November, 2013, Guilin/Rome - Strengthening forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, FAO said today at the International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations , taking place in Guilin, China, 25-28 November 2013. [more]
Harvesting both timber and Brazil nuts in Peru’s Amazon forests: Can they coexist? 7 November 2013 In the Brazil nut forests of the Peruvian Amazon, scientists from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) are trying to resolve a controversial question: can selective timber harvesting coexist with Brazil nut production? [more]
Uganda: Bwindi Study Shows Poverty Is Not Major Cause of Wildlife Loss 19 September 2013 The first findings of a project that aims to help low-income communities benefit more from living near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where conservation priorities can impose limits on their livelihoods has dispelled perceptions that poor people who live closer to the park pose a danger to wildlife conservation efforts. Researchers from the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) alongside other partners who met in Kampala from 17-18 September noted that there are complex links between poverty and threats to wildlife. [more]
Poaching pangolins: An obscure creature faces uncertain future 19 September 2013 The pangolin does not make headlines the way elephants or rhinos do. But the survival of this non-charismatic, armor-plated animal is being threatened by a gruesome trade in its meat and its scales.If you have never even heard of pangolins, much less pangolin poaching, you are not alone. Even conservationists tend not to know much about these armor-plated animals that are commonly known as scaly anteaters, perhaps because they are small, uncharismatic, and nocturnal. But almost unnoticed, the illegal trade in pangolins has raged out of control, to meet demand in East Asia for both their meat and their scales, which are roasted and used, like rhino horn, in traditional medicines. [more]
Cameroon tribe in jeopardy as ancestral forest disappears 18 September 2013 A central African pygmy tribe is losing its identity and being driven off its ancestral forest lands by logging, according to a global charity. Despite instigating a social programme to integrate the Baka, the Cameroon government does not recognize the Baka tribe as indigenous and has given the rights to most of the region’s rainforest to international logging companies. It has also banned hunting of endangered species, as easier public access to forest areas and local market opportunities has meant increased wildlife hunting pressure. Consequently, several species of “bushmeat”, the tribe’s traditional food that can encompass chimpanzee and antelope, are now unavailable to the Baka. [more]
Deforestation deprives tribals of food security in India 13 September 2013 Large scale felling of trees in Chhatardandi, Mahakhand and other forest areas in Balangir, Northeast India that were once famous for high quality teak trees has affected the food security of tribals and landless people who depend mostly on collection, processing and marketing of NTFPs. According to an estimate, more than 30 percent of the population depends on forests for their livelihoods. NTFPs provide multiple benefits in terms of food, fibre, fodder and firewood. Fruits, flowers, roots, shoots and seeds are the main sources of food for poor people in the area [more]
Medicinal plants in the spotlight 2 September 2013 Concern about the unsustainable demand for indigenous medicinal plants, still used by an estimated 70 percent of South Africa’s 53 million people, is the focus of Kirstenbosch Biennale. The biennale is an exhibition of botanical art by artists from southern African and elsewhere with the theme “Medicinal and traditional plants of southern Africa”. Phakamani Xaba, a research conservation horticulturist at Kirstenbosch, says the biennale highlights the rich history of traditional-plant use among indigenous people, while also aiming to raise awareness about unsustainable over-exploitation. [more]
Why eating insects is good for the environment 28 August 2013 A growing number of forward-thinking chefs are putting insects on their menus – often grasshoppers and mealworms, but also more exotic fare such as creamy bee larvae or zesty carpenter ants. "It is amazing to me how it has snowballed," says David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook and one of America's top edible-insect evangelists: "In the last five or six years there has been a real trend ... when I give talks, and ask who in the audience has eaten insects before, I'm amazed how many people raise their hands." [more]
WWF: Only 50 tigers left in BTFC 27 August 2013 There may be just 50 tigers left in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex (BTFC), as detected under a comprehensive scientific study, says Dr. Mark Rayan Darmaraj. The WWF-Malaysia’s tiger expert and lead research scientist for the fund’s tiger conservation programme said that its minimum viable population there should be 80. Darmaraj also found evidence of poachers via the camera traps as well as snares and camps left at the site. “In Royal Belum, we caught photos of foreigners encroaching mostly for agar wood. [more]
Engaging the private sector in sustainable management of medicinal plants in China 23 August 2013 A workshop held earlier this month in Beijing brought together TRAFFIC, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), Wecome Pharmaceutical Ltd and the WWF China Programme Office to kick-start the implementation of a project on Engaging the Private Sector in sustainable management of medicinal plants—the multiplier effect , to be carried out in China’s Zhejiang and Hunan Provinces from 2013 to 2015 using the FairWild Standard approach. [more]
India’s Jenu Kuruba forest honey industry sticks to tradition – study 20 August 2013 For a tribal community living in the forested Western Ghats mountain range in southern India, the central cultural, spiritual and economic role honey collection plays is illustrated by its name — Jenu Kuruba — which translates into “honey collectors”. Understanding how people learn directly affects what information they get and how they use their environments – understanding the transmission system of behavior as a whole can help predict how a culture evolves,” said Kathryn Demps, lead author of “ Social learning across the life cycle: Cultural knowledge acquisition for honey collection among the Jenu Kuruba, India ” [more]
Amazon degraded lands prompt new bushmeat hunting trends 19 August 2013 Hunting patterns are changing in the Peruvian Amazon, according to an expert on traditional forest knowledge at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). But instead of looking at hunting just from a wildlife conservation viewpoint, Pinedo-Vasquez, the scientific coordinator of CIFOR’s Global Bushmeat Comparative Study, is adding a nutritional perspective — examining how small-game species constitute the main source of protein for rural families. [more]
Forests can help mitigate climate change, ensure food security 12 July 2013 Forests will have a role to play in ensuring food security and mitigating the impacts of climate change. "We know that about a billion people around the world are food-insecure, and that's about one-sixth of the global population (and) climate change will make the problem worse," Dr. Rodel Lasco of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) said recently. "Forests provide people stable foods and supplemental foods such as fruits, edible leaves and nuts. For example, in Lao PDR, up to 80 per cent of the population rely on some kind of wild food," he said. [more]
Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security 13 May 2013 Edible insects have always been a part of human diets. In this publication, we show the contribution that insects make to diversifying diets and improving food security. We also hope to raise awareness of the many valuable roles that insects play in sustaining nature and human life [more]
Information guide: The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment 12 May 2013 The information guide "The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment" is a 4 page summary of the key issues addressed in “Edible insects: future prospects for feed and food security.” [more]
Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand 1 March 2013 Edible insects comprise a category of under-utillized foods that offer significant potenial in meeting future global food demands. Featuring information about the thriving Thai edible insect industry, it is hoped that this publication will spur other countries to: recognize the potential of edible insects to contribute to food security and nutrition in a sustainable sound manner; increase rural income and livelihoods; and reduce the environmental burden of feeding the growing world population. [more]
The FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operation of Insect Mass Rearing Facilities - Procedures Manual 31 December 2012 The interactive FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operating Insect Mass-rearing Facilities is generic. The Spreadsheet assists in technical and economic decision making associated with design, costing, construction, equipping, and facility operation. [more]
5 July 2012 Research fellowships, edible insects and Amazonian fruit trees and other useful plants. [more]
Summary report: Assessing the Potential of Insects as Food and Feed in assuring Food Security 23 January 2012 Jointly organized by FAO and Wageningen University with financial support of the Government of the Netherlands, the meeting aimed to open a dialogue and foster an exchange of information and expertise on the potential benefits of using insects for food and feed as part of a broader strategy to achieve global food security. [more]
Non-Wood News 23: November 2011 15 December 2011 An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products [more]
15 December 2011 An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products [more]
2nd International Non-wood Forest Products Symposium - Abstracts 8 September 2011 In this meeting, the goal is to gather all the national and international researchers and practitioners to promote the discussions on NWFPs, and to take the issue one step further. [more]
Non-Wood News April 2011 4 August 2011 Non-Wood News highlights the many ways people have come to use and depend upon their forests. [more]
4 August 2011 Cultivation of NWFPs, cork and NWFPs in Asia. [more]
Tropical palms – 2010 revision 1 March 2011 Tropical palms, originally published in 1998, has been updated in 2010 by the author to include the most recent information and developments regarding the conservation status and use of various tropical palm species. The deteriorating conservation status of several tropical palm species, particularly in the rattan group, as well as recent developments regarding the use of palm products in the food, bioenergy and fibre processing industries, for example, required a thorough review of the first edition. [more]
Lao PDR and FAO - Raising edible insects to supplement poor diets 1 March 2011 In May 2010, FAO and Lao PDR launched a project onSustainable insect farming and harvesting for better nutrition, improved food security, and household income generation, financed entirely by FAO with a budget US $475 000 for implementation from 2010 to 2012. A comprehensive approach, recognizing the role of traditional collecting of insects from the wild, along with the introduction of insect farming, has been assessed as the most appropriate strategy for the project. The project focuses on strengthening the existing role of insects as a complementary food in the Lao diet [more]
Edible forest insects: humans bite back 21 February 2011 Proceedings of a workshop on Asia-Pacific resources and their potential for development. 19-21 February 2008, Chiang Mai, Thailand [more]
Fruit trees and useful plants in Amazonian life 3 January 2011 This book features the uncommon quality of bringing together original scientific knowledge on fruits and useful plants of the Amazon forest and the sensibility to detect the deep interaction between life, traditional knowledge of our forests and folk culture. [more]
28 October 2010 Edible insects, medicinal plants and a community approach to forest conservation and development. [more]
25 May 2010 NWFPs in Italy, food security and health care; and bamboo's role in climate change. [more]
Unasylva 236: Edible forest insects, an overlooked protein supply 1 March 2010 Worldwide, over 1400 insect species are reportedly eaten as human food; most are harvested from natural forests. Read more about this overlooked protein supply. [more]
The Role of Cities in Controlling the International Trade in Forest Products: Links to sustainable forest management 6 November 2009 This is published as an NWFP working document. It reflects the decisions taken at CITES CoP 13. [more]
Bees and their role in forest livelihoods 28 August 2009 A guide to the services provided by bees and the sustainable harvesting, processing and marketing of their products. Series: Non-Wood Forest Products 19 [more]
1 July 2009 Special features include the marketing of NWFPs, berries and the development of small and medium forest enterprises. [more]
Stories from the field: Insects on the menu 1 January 2009 Although rice is the key staple food in Laos, there is an acute need for improving the diet with regard to protein, energy and other nutrients in Lao PDR, where chronic malnourishment has been recognized as a serious problem. Insects offer a good source of nutrients with high protein content, as well as many vital vitamins and minerals. Read more about the This FAO project as it focused on strengthening the existing role of insects as complementary food in the Lao diet and on insect farming. [more]
1 January 2009 Boreal forests, wildlife and ecological restoration using non-wood forest products. [more]
1 July 2008 Bee products, climate change and Pacific sandalwood production. [more]
Non-Wood News 16 1 January 2008 This 16th issue highlights some of these historical aspects in a Special Feature, “History of NWFPs”, with articles ranging from “The forgotten heritage”and “Old glory”, to others that demonstrate how NWFPs were useful andimportant for people in ancient times, and are still so today (e.g. edible insects, Morinda citrifolia ). This traditional knowledge is an essential component of the NWFP world and has been underlined not only in “History of NWFPs”, but also in “NWFPs in the Pacific Islands” (the first Special Feature in this issue), where we have highlighted the many different traditional uses of the trees of the Pacific Islands. [more]
1 January 2008 Forest apiculture, NWFPs in the Pacific Islands and the history of NWFPs [more]
NWFP Working Document No. 6 - Trade measures - Tools to promote the sustainable use of NWFP? 1 November 2007 An assessment of trade related instruments influencing the international trade in Non-Wood Forest Products and associated management and livelihood strategies Additional case study: National Analysis of Trade-Related Instruments Influencing Trade in Sandalwood ( Santalum macgregorii F. Muell) and Eaglewood ( Acquilaria . and Gyrinops ledermannii spp): Applications and Impacts on Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Forest Management in Papua New Guinea This is an assessment of trade-related instruments influencing the international trade in NWFP and associated management and livelihood strategies. It includes two case studies covering four products: Boliva (cayman and Brazil nuts) and Cameroon (parrots and Prunus africana ). [more]
Non-Wood Forest Products 18 - World Bamboo Resources - A thematic study prepared in the framework of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 1 November 2007 This publication is the result of one of the thematic studies prepared during the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) [more]
4 July 2007 Participatory enterprise models for NWFP development, use and markets in the Amazonian subregions. [more]
FAO Forest harvesting case-study 23 - The impact of timber harvesting on the availability of non-wood forest products in the congo basin 9 January 2007 This study seeks to examine the impact of timber harvesting in two villages, one in Cameroon and one in the Central African Republic. It documents many plant-based and animal-based NWFPs of great signifi cance to the livelihoods of the local populations in terms of food security, income generation and health. [more]
2 January 2007 Bamboo, forest cosmetics [more]
4 April 2006 Economic value of NWFPs, trade [more]
Non-wood forest product community-based enterprise development: a way for livelihood improvement in Lao People's Democratic Republic 24 January 2006 NWFPs play an important role in food security and daily livelihoods, and the Government of Lao PDR perceives them as a valuable alternative in its basic poverty eradication strategy. [more]
9 March 2005 Global alliance on NWFPs, microfinance [more]
Wild edible fungi for food security: their role and sustainable use 1 October 2004 This paper discusses some traditional and contemporary uses of fungi as food or in medicine. This material is presented for information only and does not imply endorsement by the author or by FAO. Use of these products is not recommended unless taken under the care and guidance of a qualified expert or physician. Reports of edible and poisonous species are based on named sources. The accuracy of this information lies with these original sources. [more]
Gum Trees and Gum Arabic Field Manual 3 May 2004 One of the main problems in several African countries producing gum arabic and gum resins, is the lack of knowledge for the sustainable use of this important commodities and the need of providing enhanced value to the product, improving its quality according to the requirements of marketing and exporting sectors. The manual will be used by extension agents and forest technicians for training programmes for producers, collectors and other stakeholders. This manual is the first in a series to be produced. Additional manuals will be produced focussing on specific aspects after a programme on training needs has been elaborated covering both gums and resins. [more]
3 March 2004 World Forestry Congress, food security, [more]
Food for life. Indigenous fruit trees in Southern Africa 8 April 2003 This paper looks at the status and contribution of Indigenous Fruit Trees (IFTs) to Food Security in Southern Africa, and reviews and assesses the physical situation of IFTs in the Miombo Woodland. It contains infOlmation on use and trade of IFTs, and on biological developments in domestication and dissemination. It covers processing and marketing and explores avenues for the future of IFTs. [more]
3 March 2003 Bamboo and rattan statistics, bees and bee products, ecotourism [more]
Expert consultation on developing an action programme towards improved bamboo and rattan trade statistics 5 December 2002 The Expert Consultation on Developing an Action Programme towards Improved Bamboo and Rattan Trade Statistics was organized by the FAO Forestry Department in collaboration with, and with financial support from, the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). The meeting was held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 5 to 6 December 2002. The purpose of the consultation was to: (i) elaborate and agree on a proposed set of new HS trade codes for bamboo and rattan products; and (ii) elaborate a plan of action for improving bamboo and rattan statistics at national and global levels, with a programme of work and the roles of the different agencies discussed and agreed upon during the meeting. [more]
1 March 2002 Bushmeat, sustainable use of wild species for meat, Jane Goodall Institute, trade [more]
NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS 13 - RESOURCE ASSESSMENT OF NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS 4 June 2001 This publication is based on the outputs of the Forest Research Programme's (FRP) pre-project ZF0077 (of the United Kingdom Department for International Development - DFID), on the biometrics of current NWFP resource assessment methods. FAO undertook the publishing in its Non-Wood Forest Products Series, within the framework of a current partnership programme with the European Commission aimed at developing methodologies for NWFP assessment. [more]
1 March 2001 Sustainable development of rattan sector [more]
Report of the FAO Expert Consultation on Rattan Development 5 December 2000 The objectives of the expert consultation were to review and analyse: (i) essential baseline information on the rattan sector in producing countries, the critical global supply situation and key requirements to guarantee a sustainable future supply of rattan; (ii) the needs and methods for better cooperation and coordination among key agencies and stakeholders in relation to their ongoing activities on rattan development; and (iii) the desirability of developing an international programme aimed at promoting and undertaking rattan development activities with partner institutions in the various regions and strengthening global networking in rattan research and development. [more]
Report of the Meeting of the Network of Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA) 29 May 2000 The regional workshop of the Network of Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA) was organised by Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) in Nairobi in May 2000, with the cooperation of (FAO) and International Association for the Development of Natural Gums (AIDGUM).The establishment of NGARA is a significant step in the development of the gum arabic and resins sector in the dryland Sahel for ensuring food security, rural development and hence poverty alleviation. [more]
1 March 2000 Food security, commercial use of biodiversity, definition of non-wood forest products [more]
1 March 1999 Central Africa, medicinal plants, marketing of indigenous medicinal plants in South Africa. [more]
Marketing of Indigenous Medicinal Plants in South Africa - A Case Study in Kwazulu-Natal 1 October 1998 FAO, through its Forest Products Marketing Programme, aims, inter alia, at increasing and documenting the knowledge of current marketing practices in order to provide a solid basis for further development. The Programme, being part of the normative activities of FAO, also makes every effort to contribute to the development of approaches and methodologies for the preparation of case studies on marketing practices. [more]
2 March 1998 World Forestry Congress, economic and social value of non-timber forest products [more]
Sustainable Development of Non-Wood Goods and Benefits from Boreal and Cold Temperate Forests 18 January 1998 The workshop concentrated on the promotion and development of non-wood forest products (NWFP) or boreal and cold temperate forests. [more]
3 March 1997 Forests and nutrition, new technologies, certification. [more]
1 March 1996 Vegetables, international agreements, genetic improvements. [more]
1 March 1995 Veld products research in Botswana, international NWFP statistics, bamboo. [more]
Marketing information systems for non-timber forest products 18 January 1995 This field manual presents a systematic approach that can be used by small-scale producers to gather information about markets for NWFPS. [more]
2 March 1994 Tropical fruit trees reseach network in Asia-Pacific; forestry education. [more]
More than wood - Special options on multiple use of forests 1 November 1993 Wood and its associated products form but one chapter in the catalogue of forest-derived goods that upgrade and safeguard rural livelihoods and the quality of human life the world over. Knowledge about the benefits and uses of other, 'non-wood' forest products (NWFP) is, however, less widely available. In many cases such knowledge is rooted in local or vernacular traditions of land and resource use, an evolving cultural heritage passed down from generation to generation. As pressure to husband the world's vital forest resources intensifies, so the need grows to share, disseminate and mobilise NWFP wisdom more generally. This booklet is a step in that direction. [more]
Marketing of Brazil Nuts 1 January 1992 This study describes the process of marketing of Brazil nuts and makes proposals for improvement of the involvement of local people in it. [more]
Non-wood forest products: the way ahead - FAO Forestry Paper 97 2 December 1991 As "The Way Ahead" emphasizes throughout, NWFP development must by necessity comprise a multidisciplinary approach, for which task there must be devised close lines of collaboration both within FAO itself, and between FAO and other organizations, both international and national, governmental and non governmental. Efforts to strengthen common programmes toward sustained use of NWFP should be encouraged, as one among many approaches for the conservation and wise use of forest resources. [more]

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