Established in 1991, the promotion and development of non-wood forest products (NWFP) is one of the priority areas of FAO's Forestry Department. 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 three main areas:


NWFP Update Issue 6 This month marks an important milestone in development, as the post-2015 development agenda is set to be adopted at the United Nations Summit in New York, USA . In this issue, we look at health and well-being, Goal No. 3 of the new Sustainable Development Goals, through the prism of NWFPs and forests. [more]
Bee products: providing nutrition and generating income - Honeybees, beekeeping and bee products in our daily lives Honeybees provide a wide range of benefits to humans from honey, other bee products, pollination of food crops and ecological services. Beekeeping is practiced around the world, and can provide a valuable source of income to people in developing regions with relatively little investment. This month, the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition “FSN Forum” – an online venue for multi-stakeholder dialogue where policy decisions on food security and nutrition are collectively inspired, developed and linked with practice – is hosting a discussion on bee products, nutrition and income generation. [more]
New Report: Forests could be the trump card in efforts to end global hunger About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world's forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limits of boosting agricultural production are becoming increasingly clear. [more]

last updated:  Thursday, April 16, 2015