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:


New FAO Project to strengthen forest sector contributions to healthy and sustainable agrifood systems A new FAO Technical Cooperation project is kicking off in Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, the Philippines and Viet Nam. The project aims to strengthen institutional capacities to support and upscale interventions to enhance the contributions of forests, trees and non-wood forest products (NWFPs) to healthy and sustainable agrifood systems by optimizing their untapped potential. This will simultaneously address country priorities and commitments related to nutrition, poverty, biodiversity and climate through a systems-approach. [more]
FAO convenes global workshops on forests, trees and wild species’ contributions to sustainable agrifood systems transformation In May 2023, FAO launched a series of workshops on “Forest food systems and their contribution to food security and nutrition“ to identify and promote priority actions to enhance the sustainable use of forest and tree foods, including wild species. Over 160 participants from nearly 30 countries joined the workshops remotely to exchange knowledge and experiences on enabling the contributions of forests foods to sustainable food systems and optimizing benefits for biodiversity, climate and human health. [more]
Five plants hidden in our everyday lives Globally, an estimated 3.5 to 5.8 billion people, across socio-economic groups and geographic regions, use wild plants, and one billion depend on wild foods for their livelihoods and food security. Wild plants offer great economic and nutrition opportunities for these communities and for societies around the world. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, August 22, 2023