Value Addition of Non-timber Forest Products: Prospects, Constraints, and Mitigation

  • Sumit Chakravarty
  • Anju Puri
  • Mohit Subba
  • Tanusri Dey
  • Prakash Rai
  • Gopal Shukla
  • Nazir A. Pala


NTFPs are primary or supplemental source of livelihood mainly in the poor and developing nations. NTFPs contribute significantly to forest economy of developed and industrialized nations also. NTFPs can be processed or value added into consumer-oriented products. They have commercial importance and can contribute to the economic development of a region or a nation. Commercialization or value addition of NTFPs is now promoted as an approach to rural development especially in tropical forest areas. Unfortunately, commercialization of NTFPs has exploited and deprived the collectors. The chapter describes the prospects, constraints, and strategies to overcome these constraints of NTFP development and its value addition. The successful NTFP commercialization will be transparent, equitable, and sustainable which will have a positive impact on poverty reduction, gender equality, resource access, tenure, and management which demands aggressive policy interventions. The effective policy interventions can improve the stake of all stakeholders involved in NTFP from collection to value addition and ultimately improve collection, value addition, income, and livelihood without sacrificing the principles of sustainable forest conservation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sumit Chakravarty
    • 1
  • Anju Puri
    • 2
  • Mohit Subba
    • 1
  • Tanusri Dey
    • 1
  • Prakash Rai
    • 1
  • Gopal Shukla
    • 1
  • Nazir A. Pala
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Forestry, Faculty of HorticultureUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaPundibari, Cooch BeharIndia
  2. 2.Baring Union Christian CollegeBatalaIndia

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