Small and medium-size enterprises in the Non-Timber Forest Sector in Cameroon: Instruments in poverty alleviation, improving food security, and the promotion of economic growth and employment

Small and medium-size enterprises in the Non-Timber Forest Sector in Cameroon: Instruments in poverty alleviation, improving food security, and the promotion of economic growth and employment

In Central Africa, the role of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in combating poverty, providing food safety in rural environments and meeting the Millennium Development Goals has been widely documented over the last decade. With the aim of consolidating the contribution of such enterprises, the `Mobilization and capacity building of the Small and Medium-Size Enterprises in the Non Timber Forest Product sector in Central Africa Project’ was initiated. In Cameroon, the selected NTFPs were bush mango (Irvingia species), honey and apiculture products, eru (Gnetum species), gum arabic (Acacia species) and pygeum (Prunus africana). Studies on their markets and chains, processing technologies, domestication and state of resources were conducted from 2007-2009 by a consortium comprised of the Centre for International Forestry Research, the Netherlands Development Organisation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Agroforestry Centre.

Authors: Ingram, V.; Awono, A.; Schure, J.; Mala, W.

Geographic: Cameroon

Publisher: CIFOR, FAO, SNV, ICRAF, and COMIFAC

Publication Year: 2010


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