What does NTFP stand for?
and fodder. But what is the meaning of NTFP? The problems begin with the term itself. Nontimber
forest products is a negative term. It includes, literally, all products other than timber that come
from forests. In their groundbreaking publication on the economic value of NTFPs in South Asia, de beer
and Mcdermott (1989) used the term Non-Timber Forest Products as an alternative to the dismissive
epithet minor forest products and proposed the following definition:
The term Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) encompasses all biological materials
other than timber, which are extracted from forests for human use.
The authors clearly recognized problems with the definition. They addressed them by setting out what
saw as the key point of distinction between timber and non-timber forest products: that timber is managed
on an industrial ...more
are any product or service other than timber that is produced in forests. They include fruits and nuts, vegetables etc.