Action Against Desertification

Non-timber forest products

Trees and forest areas provide a wealth of products for the people who live around them.

Action Against Desertification works with local communities in developing these products to support economic growth and promote sustainable management of natural resources to protect the environment.

It also helps communities strengthen their capacities in developing income-generating enterprises through a participatory training approach called Market Analysis and Development (MA&D). 

A training on FAO's Market Analysis and Development approach was organised, as well as a workshop on commercial gums and resins in Africa. Moreover, two regional conferences of forest and farm producer organizations were supported.

Action Against Desertification supports the Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA), bringing together stakeholders to improve the production and quality of locally produced gums and resins.