Several authors have highlighted the importance of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in the livelihoods of forest dwellers in Africa. These products, namely fruits, nuts, leaves, barks, cane and bushmeat in particular, have been used for centuries as food and medication by African forest dwellers.
The collection and sale of NTFPs is mainly the activity of poor populations and small traders. As a result, any action aimed at developing the NTFP sector will contribute to poverty alleviation in the same way as it does to the development of the agricultural sector.
The economic crisis of the 1980s in Africa, which resulted...