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:


It's a little-known fact that truffles grow wild in Japan. But at least one researcher here sees the potential for the widely sought-after delicacy to rise from its underground status to becoming a made-in-Japan luxury item. While the native-grown fungus has attracted scarce attention in the country, efforts are being made in Kumamoto and Ibaraki prefectures to develop technologies to cultivate the gourmet mushroom for commercial use. [more]
Sustainably managing non-timber products to improve livelihoods, equity and forests New Guidelines for Equitable and Sustainable Non-timber Forest Product Management offer field-tested strategies and good practices on how to pursue the multiple goals of gender equality and social inclusion, environmental integrity, and livelihoods improvement through the sustainable use and management of non-timber forest products. [more]
For the sixth time, COFO will be held in conjunction with the World Forest Week (WFW) - a series of meetings and events sponsored by FAO and its partner organizations and institutions. This WFW side event will discuss the importance and potential of NWFPs for the cosmetic and fragrance sector globally. Specific experiences from Asia and the Pacific will be presented based on 12 country studies prepared as part of the “Forests and Beauty” initiative. The event aims to raise awareness on the immense potential of NWFPs for use in the cosmetic and fragrance sector, the total value of which is estimated at US$460 billion (2014) and is expected to grow rapidly to reach US$675 billion by 2020. Recommendations for future work will be gathered. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, July 24, 2018