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:

News

Laura Snook on the link between forests, nutrition and food security Laura Snook, Flagship Leader of the Management and Conservation of Forest and Tree Resources of the Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Programme of the CGIAR, tells us about the relationship between forests and food and nutritional security on the sidelines of the 23rd Committee on Forestry. Sharing lessons from the Beyond Timber Project, she gives examples of how forest products meet local nutritional and economic needs, and how competing interests affect forests’ capacity to supply these products, and villagers’ ability to access them. [more]
Inseparable: Forests, Wildlife and Food Security Come and listen to David Wilkie (Wildlife Conservation Society) deliver a “Tree Talk” on the role of wildlife in the forest-food nexus, and hear what our panel of experts has to say this Friday, 22 July during World Forest Week, on the side lines of the 23rd Committee on Forestry. [more]
NWFP Update No. 8 Just launched, special issue No.8 of the NWFP Update: "Perspectives on NWFPs: Taking stock, and moving forward." [more]

last updated:  Friday, July 22, 2016