Established in 1991, the promotion and development of non-wood forest products (NWFP) is one of the priority areas of FAO's Forestry Division. 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:


16-17 March! INCREDIBLE Policy Forum: Untapping the potential of non-wood forest products for Europe's green economy The INCREDIBLE Policy Forum, taking place on 16 and 17 March 2021, will discuss the actions needed to position NWFP (non-wood forest products) as a pillar of Europe's bioeconomy. The Forum is addressed to EU, national, regional and local policy makers and key stakeholders in NWFP value chains (associations of forest owners, producers and processors, consumer organisations, industries, NGOs, public institutions, etc.). The Forum is co-organised by the European Forest Institute ( EFI ), leading the H2020 INCREDIBLE project consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ), with the support of FoReSTAS (regional Foresta Agency for Land and the Environment of Sardinia) and the Cesefor Foundation. This virtual event will serve as an opportunity to consider the salient issues for NWFP policies and enrich a white paper on policy priorities for non-wood forest products in Europe . This document has been developed within the framework of the INCREDIBLE project, with peer review from the IUFRO task force on Non-timber forest products and other leading experts. [more]
This last issue of the year focuses on the recent launch of our new publication on Sustainable Cricket Farming, and looks forward to 2021 with an eye on the forthcoming NWFP policy forum, among other highlights. [more]
FAO releases a comprehensive guide to sustainable cricket farming Consumer interest in edible insects has been rising in recent years and that has driven a traditional, but local, industry in Southeast Asia to expand to meet increasing global demand. To ensure the rapidly increasing supply can adequately respond to international food safety concerns (and ensure sustainable practices), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with Thailand’s Khon Kaen University , has today published Guidance on sustainable cricket farming , a new comprehensive manual on rearing crickets. [more]

last updated:  Wednesday, November 25, 2020