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:


Training Schools are an important part of European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Actions and are intended to share knowledge and support collaboration. Within the scope of COST Action FP1203, a Training School offering a general overview on methodological aspects related to NWFP marketing has been prepared by Task Force 4 (Marketing). The course will combine theoretical lessons, case studies analysis and the presentation of some tools for marketing research. The Training School will be held in San Vito di Cadore, Belluno, Italy from 14-18 March 2016. Trainee candidates can submit their applications until 19 February 2016. [more]
NWFP Update Issue 7: Trees and bees A special issue on the relationship between trees and bees from the FAO Forestry non-wood forest products team. [more]
Rattan bone implants set for human trials Rattan wood — the stems of a climbing palm that grows in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka — could be the source for bone implants by 2019. An Italian firm announced last month that trials on sheep prove that the technology works. [more]

last updated:  Thursday, April 16, 2015