Enhancing the contribution of NWFP to poverty alleviation and food security in Central African countries

The Congo Basin is among the world’s major reservoirs of biological diversity and is the home of some 100 millions habitants of which the livelihoods of many depends on the forest. Large areas in Central Africa have been attributed to commercial timber exploitation or set aside as protected areas while non-wood forest products (NWFP) are of major importance for subsistence or income generation of forest dependent people with small-scale forest based enterprises playing a key role in commercialization.

Despite their importance and significant potential in the fight against poverty, NWFP are hardly visible in the national economy statistics. In addition, the NWFP sector is mostly informal with an inappropriate legal, institutional and organizational framework.


Facts about the project

The project contributes to poverty alleviation and sustainable forest management in Central Africa in general and specifically in Gabon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo through the valorisation of Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) by local people.


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Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
through its Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Executing Agency:


Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO)



Government of the Central African Republic
through its Ministry of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fisheries



Government of Gabon
through its Ministry for Forest Economy, Water and Fisheries



Government of the Republic of Congo
through its Ministry of Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and Environment



USD  3 842 271 



1 October 2009 – 30 September 2012 (3 years)

last updated:  Monday, January 26, 2015