Non-Wood Forest Products
Leaves of the shea tree, Butyrospermum parkii
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 four main areas:
- gathering, analysis and dissemination of information
- appraisal of NWFP socio-economic contributions to rural development
- technical assistance