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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2007


Local EPrints ID: 73825
ISSN: 0950-6764
PURE UUID: c4d5a4c4-104f-439e-a5a6-c7b2d6e0106f

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Date deposited: 15 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:48

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