Commercialisation of non-timber forest products: A reality check

Belcher, Brian and Schreckenberg, Kathrin (2007) Commercialisation of non-timber forest products: A reality check. Development Policy Review, 25, (3), 355-377. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-7679.2007.00374.x).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-7679.2007.00374.x
ISSNs: 0950-6764 (print)
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Subjects: T Technology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 73825
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:06

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