SMFEs can study how harvesting is done, to see what areas can be improved to increase quantities, improve quality, reduce losses and improve sustainability.
Most NTFPs can be harvested in more than one way. Choose the option with the lowest impact on the individual plant or the population remaining.
For example, don’t cut the tree but harvest fallen fruit only, take some but not the all leaves and don’t harvest young leaves. If a harvest is inherently destructive, such as the roots or bark, then make sure there are also regeneration and planting programmes. For Prunus africana, only harvesting small...