Subsistence and commercialisation: contributions of NTFPs to food security and nutrition

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) as foods have the potential to decrease micronutrient deficiency while providing the social and cultural benefits of traditional food systems. Commercialising NTFPs may also lead to increases in income, but will this necessarily mean an increase in the food security and nutrition of rural households? This presentation gives an overview of increasing evidence that commericalisation of NTFPs is not leading to the desired sustainable development and biodiversity conservation outcomes, and can have a negative impact on nutrition in poor rural households. CIFOR post-doctoral fellow Bronwen Powell gave this presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, held in Bonito, Brazil on 19 June 2012.

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