Commercialisation of Non-Timber Forest Products: A Reality Check

23 Pages Posted: 11 May 2007

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Brian Belcher

CIFOR, Center for International Forestry Research

Kathrin Schreckenberg

Overseas Development Institute

Abstract

This article challenges the pervasive view that commercialisation of non-timber forest products can (easily) achieve ecosystem and species conservation as well as improving livelihoods. Following a brief review of who and what is involved, it focuses on the main ecological and livelihood risks of unconsidered promotion of NTFP commercialisation, drawing on a wide range of case studies from around the world. It concludes with some recommendations, emphasising the lack of 'magic-bullet' products, and the importance - among other things - of not ignoring national policy, taking an integrated view of the value chain, considering the implications of different production options, and improving both quality and quantity.

Suggested Citation

Belcher, Brian and Schreckenberg, Kathrin, Commercialisation of Non-Timber Forest Products: A Reality Check. Development Policy Review, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 355-377, May 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2007.00374.x

Brian Belcher (Contact Author)

CIFOR, Center for International Forestry Research ( email )

Bogor
Indonesia

Kathrin Schreckenberg

Overseas Development Institute ( email )

111 Westminister Bridge Rd.
London, SE17JD
United Kingdom

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