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:


In this first issue of the year, we share information about ongoing projects and initiatives on NWFPs implemented by FAO and partner organizations. Highlights include a FAO/ICRAF project on nutrition-sensitive NWFP value chains in Uganda, a FAO/TRAFFIC collaboration on mapping medicinal and aromatic plants data, and a FAO/CIFOR project on improving wild food statistics in Zambia, among others. [more]
Demand for ginseng is creating a ‘wild west’ in Appalachia Chinese demand for wild American ginseng—believed to help with everything from fatigue and depression to impotence—is so great that wildlife managers worry that the valuable herb could be on a path toward extinction. In Appalachia, the gnarly roots grow among such woodland plants as bloodroot, Solomon’s seal, Jack-in-the pulpit, maidenhair ferns, and mosses. [more]
The focus of this issue is biodiversity . Highlights include an interview with Julie Belanger, coordinator of FAO’s first-ever global report on the state of biodiversity launched earlier this year, UNCTAD’s BioTrade initiative and the launch of the NTFP Bioeconomy Taskforce. We also welcome back Sven Walter, new team leader for Forest Products and Statistics, who opens this issue. [more]

last updated:  Thursday, November 28, 2019