The project, titled "Mobilisation and capacity building for small and medium scale enterprises involved in the production and commercialisation of non-wood forest products (NWFP) in Central Africa (GCP/RAF/408/EC)", is financed by the European Union for a period of four years (2007-2010). The project aims at increasing the revenues of rural populations by building entrepreneurial capacities and ensuring sustainable resource management within enabling institutional settings. Please read more here.

The three-year project "Enhancing food security through non-wood forest products in Central Africa (GCP/RAF/398/GER)" was funded by the Government of Germany through its Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and was implemented from July 2005 to September 2008. It contributed to facilitate actions by governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in six Central African countries. It aimed to enhance food security in the sub-region through the sustainable use of NWFP from moist dense forests and other tree-based systems. Please read more here.

Market Analysis and Development (MA&D) is a participatory training methodology that aims to assist people in developing forest-based income-generating enterprises while conserving natural resources. Please read more here.

Non-Wood Forest Products at FAO: Established in 1991 in the Forest Products Division (now the Forest Products and Industries Division), the programme "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. Please read more here.

The Right to Food Unit works on the implementation of the human right to adequate food and is mandated to mainstream the Right to Food in FAO's work, develop methods and instruments for implementing the right to food, and perform necessary communication, education and awareness-raising. Please read more here.


The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) coordinates regional activities and initiatives related to the conservation and sustainable use of forest resources in ten Central African Countries. Please read more here (in French only).

The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is implementing partner of FAO in the project GCP/RAF/408/EC and conducts research all over the world that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries. Please read more here.

The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) is an international development organisation of Dutch origin and implementing partner of FAO in the project GCP/RAF/408/EC. SNV supports national and local actors within government, civil society and the private sector to find and implement local solutions to social and economic development challenges. Please read more here.

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is implementing partner of FAO in the project GCP/RAF/408/EC; its mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes, and use its research to advance policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment. Please read more here.

The German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) provides funds for FAO projects on food security and finances two projects on non wood forest products and their contribution to food security in Central Africa (GCP/RAF/398/GER and GCP/RAF/441/GER). The Ministry advocates that the right to food should be given broad recognition to consolidate the rights-based approach in international efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition. Please read more here.

last updated:  Wednesday, April 28, 2010