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:

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Participate in our survey on NWFPs! Help the FAO Forestry Department by taking this short survey on non-wood forest products! [more]
The open consultation on the draft document on NWFP statistical classification has been extended to 16 September 2016! Readers are cordially invited to participate by submitting input by email to FPS@fao.org . Please include your full name, organization, phone number and complete mailing or email address. A final report will be formulated based on feedback. This activity will lay a solid foundation for improvement in the data collection of NWFPs at the national, regional and global levels. [more]
Laura Snook on the link between forests, nutrition and food security Laura Snook, Flagship Leader of the Management and Conservation of Forest and Tree Resources of the Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Programme of the CGIAR, tells us about the relationship between forests and food and nutritional security on the sidelines of the 23rd Committee on Forestry. Sharing lessons from the Beyond Timber Project, she gives examples of how forest products meet local nutritional and economic needs, and how competing interests affect forests’ capacity to supply these products, and villagers’ ability to access them. [more]

last updated:  Friday, August 12, 2016