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 2014/4 This issue focuses on “foraging”, understood as the practice of gathering uncultivated plants from the wild. We open the issue with CIFOR and IRD Scientist Edmond Dounias’s piece which questions several misconceptions about foraging activities and explores the potential of gathering for feeding the world. In this issue’s Interview, we speak to Nora Berrahmouni, FAO Forestry Officer for dryland forests, who reminds us of the important role NWFPs play in arid zones, particularly fodder which is often forgotten in discussions on NWFPs [more]
NWFP Update 2014/3 This issue is dedicated to education and communication initiatives related to NWFPs/NTFPs. In our special feature, Citlalli López Binnqüist and colleagues share their experiences from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. Also featured are two interviews: INBAR Director General Hans Friederich fills us in on training, research and knowledge management initiatives on bamboo and rattan; Cesar Sabogal from FAO provides us with an overview of a new tool: the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox, recently launched at the 22nd session of FAO’s Committee on Forestry. [more]
Non-timber forest products: the way forward for the rural woman? 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]

last updated:  Monday, November 24, 2014