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:


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]
The Wild Dozen: Prized as ingredients, vulnerable wild plants face surging demand A new report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Wild Check: Assessing risks and opportunities of trade in wild plant ingredients, sheds light on twelve flagship species – the so-called "wild dozen” – that are hidden in our everyday products. Developed in collaboration with TRAFFIC , a non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature , it aims to raise awareness about the sustainable use of wild-harvested plants. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, August 22, 2023