LEVERAGING RURAL LIVELIHOODS WITH FOREST CONSERVATION IN NIGERIA: THE ROLE OF NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS

Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics, RAAE, VOL.18, No. 1/2015

ARTICLE TYPE: DISCUSSION PAPER
RECORD ONLINE: 22.03.2015
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KEYWORDS:
forest, non-timber forest products, conservation, rural, livelihood
DOI NUMBER:
10.15414/raae.2015.18.01.35-44
ABSTRACT:
In recent times some economists view Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) extraction and marketing as a better alternative to timber exploitation as a rural livelihood strategy. Harvesting and sale of NTFPs have the potential for accomplishing the dual goals of natural forest conservation and income generation for the rural inhabitants. Meanwhile, realization of these dual goals in Nigeria, require an understanding of how NTFPs functions in the face of marketing, ecological, geographic and institutional constraints. Following a conceptualization of NTFPs, this paper provides a vivid overview of the simultaneous roles of NTFPs in rural livelihood enhancement and forest conservation in Nigeria. It highlights governmental initiatives with respect to conservation, the challenges and prospects of NTFPs as a conservation strategy. Conclusively, the paper suggests that appropriate NTFPs development policies are required to simultaneously address forest depletion and poverty in rural areas of Nigeria.
JEL CODES:
Q56
PAGES:
35 - 44
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Egbe BASSEY ETOWA, Osim Eyam OJOGU, Samuel Sunday ODUNLAMI (2015) Leveraging Rural Livelihoods With Forest Conservation In Nigeria: The Role Of Non-timber Forest Products. Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics. XVIII (Number 1, 2015): 35-44. doi: 10.15414/raae.2015.18.01.35-44
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