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Practical tools for researching successful NTFP commercialization: a methods manual



The manual draws on the experience of the project ‘Commercialization of Non-timber Forest Products
(NTFPs) in Mexico and Bolivia: Factors Influencing Success’ (CEPFOR), a multidisciplinary research
initiative involving partners drawn from the UK, Mexico and Bolivia. The research team critically examined the factors influencing successful non-timber forest product (NTFP) commercialization, and tested and further developed theory relating to the commercialization of NTFPs and rural
development. Socio-economic and market research in 18 communities in Bolivia and Mexico examined the impact of different NTFP commercialization networks (value chains) on poverty reduction, women’s livelihoods, natural resources, and rights and access of the poor. The structure and function of 16 different NTFP value chains were analysed to identify the attributes that make a chain successful. On the basis of the CEPFOR case studies, successful NTFP commercialization was
defined as a transparent, equitable and sustainable activity that has a positive impact on poverty reduction, gender equality and resource access, tenure and management.

Elaine Marshall, Jonathan Rushton and Kate Schreckenberg