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Commercialisation of Non-timber Forest Products: A Reality Check

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  • Brian Belcher
  • Kathrin Schreckenberg

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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. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Brian Belcher & Kathrin Schreckenberg, 2007. "Commercialisation of Non-timber Forest Products: A Reality Check," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 25(3), pages 355-377, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:3:p:355-377
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