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Domestic markets for non-timber tree products: Methodological and strategical issues

Domestic markets for non-timber tree products: Methodological and strategical issues

Gordon, A. (1997) Domestic markets for non-timber tree products: Methodological and strategical issues. NRI Socio-economic Series, 14 . Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK. ISBN 0859544915

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Abstract

The value of growing trees on tropical farms for subsistence, commercial sale and environmental stability, has been increasingly recognized in recent decades. However, although impressive progress has been made in identifying and promoting a wide range of tree production systems, there has been very little associated research on the market potential of these systems. This publication aims to provide a background on markets and how they affect agroforestry and forestry projects, with reference to recent research conducted by NRI in Cameroon on non-timber tree products (NTTPs). The specific characteristics of NTTPs which make the assessment of their market potential difficult are outlined, and strategic options for their development are discussed. While conceding that the market research methods are essentially no different from those used in the assessment of markets for any agricultural commodity, the importance of informal methods in assessing markets for NTTPs is stressed. Secondary data are often scarce, partly as a consequence of the systems under which NTTPs are traded. Some common NTTP market failures are discussed in the context of appropriate tools for analysing market issues and associated development options.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: © The University of Greenwich 1997
Uncontrolled Keywords: market, non-timber forestry products, tree production, tree product, socio-economic, agroforestry, development
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12005

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