The socio-economic contribution of non-timber forest products to rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa: knowledge gaps and new directions
Authors: Timko, J.A; Waeber, P.O; Kozak, R.A
Source: International Forestry Review, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2010 , pp. 284-294(11)
Publisher: Commonwealth Forestry Association
Abstract:The majority of Sub-Saharan Africa's population relies on forest products for subsistence uses, cash income, or both. In the case of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), it is imperative to 1) clearly understand the socio-economic contributions that they make to rural livelihoods in order to 2) design policies, interventions, and business ventures that serve to safeguard forest assets for the poor in a targeted manner. Based on existing literature, this article highlights the quantitative contributions that NTFPs have made to rural household incomes in several forested, Sub-Saharan African countries. Reasons for a paucity of data on this front are discussed. The article then identifies five broad socio-economic factors (location, wealth status, gender, education, and seasonality) affecting levels of dependency on NTFPs by rural households, and calls for a better understanding of the linkages between these five factors in order for targeted policies on poverty alleviation in forest-dependent communities to be developed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Africa Forests Research Initiative on Conservation and Development (AFRICAD), The Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, Canada, V6T-1Z4.
Publication date: September 1, 2010
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