Information note N° 5 (January 2015) - Contribution of Non-Wood Forest Products to the Millennium Development Goals: Evidence from COMIFAC countries
Enhancing the Contribution of Non-Wood Forest Products to Food Security in Central Africa (GCP/RAF/479/AFB)...
1. Introduction: In 2000, the United Nations (UN) adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) during its 55th session. There are eight MDG aimed at ‘’building a better and secured world for the XXIst century, a more peaceful world, most prosperous and more equal, united by common values such as freedom, equity, solidarity, tolerance, respect of nature and share of responsibility’’ for the 2015 horizon…
The agricultural sector from a perspective of rural development including agriculture, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry is important in order to contribute to the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger.
The Congo Basin forests are rich in Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP), which according to FAO, are resources of iological origin other than wood coming from forests and trees outside forests. They provide food, medicine, energy, fishing tools and construction materials.
The objective of this information note is to:
i) show that NWFP contribute to the MDG;
ii) sensitize policy makers and opinion leaders to better understand the importance of these products and to integrate them better in strategies and programs aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening the food security and nutrition of the populations of Central Africa;
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