Mobilisation and Empowerment of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Involved in the Non-Timber Forest Products in Central Africa

Published on 9 November 2010

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Start Date: 1 January 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2010


The Congo Basin, which is the world’s second largest forest massif after the Amazon, harbours several millions of animal and vegetal species. More than one hundred millions of people rely on the on forest resources for their living, health, cultural needs and their income. The commercialization of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP)is an activity that provides considerable income to populations, and women particularly. NTFP are forest products other than timber and include fruits, leaves, nuts, barks and bush meat.

Studies have shown that the Small and Medium Size Forest Companies (SMFC) involved in the non-timber forest products (NTFP) constitute the main source of income for millions of poor people in the world:

1. 80-90% of companies in developing countries are SMFCs
2. Over 50% of all jobs within the forest sector are provided by SMFCs
3. More than 20 millions people hold direct jobs in SMFCs (140 millions, statistically)
4. Over USD $ 130 billions per year of gross added-value are yield by SMFCs in the world.

This project aims at increasing the rural populations’ revenues, through empowerment in terms of entrepreneurship, and sustainable management of natural resources in a favourable institutional environment.

Project activities are as follows:
1. Business plan of nurseries on the pilot sites
2. Creating and strengthening the nurseries on the pilot sites
3. Developing the integration of improved plants in the existing agroforestry systems
4. Initiating trainings in PFNL domestication on the new pilot sites in the Far-North, the North and the North-West
5. Follow-up of the constructed nurseries
6. Training in domestication and construction of nurseries

The expected outcome is as follows:

1. The empowerment of small and medium size forest production companies is enhanced
2. The priority branches of the non-timber forest products (NTFP) sector is developed
3. The techniques for a sustainable management of NTFP are reinforced, notably those for harvest and domestication
4.The institutional and legal frameworks are adapted to the functioning of NTFP actors in Central Africa.


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