FILSY - Strengthening reflection, capabilities, initiatives and national skills for increased income from Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and improved sustainable management of wood-energy

September 2013
January 2016
Project cost
400 000 €
Role in the project




Agriculture Bioenergy Forest Market


Gum arabic Shea NTFPs


FIKIRNA · EU - European Union · Sahel EcoDev

Main goals

Reduce poverty among people with income of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and depend on wood as an energy source

Specific objectives

  • Include NSA & LA in a network, in close collaboration with local communities, leading a participatory process of exchange, dialogue and decision-making on energy and sustainable management of forests and their products (timber and non-timber)
  • Initiate and support actions in the field of NSAs to improve revenue, market access and reducing the pressure on forest resources


  • 1500 poor NTFP harvesters (gum, shea nuts, balanites , dum ... )
  • 25 groups of gatherers / collectors of NTFPs including 50 % women
  • 50 local craftsmen trained in renewable energy
  • 40 institutional managers (decision makers and technicians) and local authorities of the Ministry of Environment , Water Resources and Fisheries, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the departments in charge of forestry
  • 10 NSAs, TPE, local POs and private actors can improve the market, the development and management of fuelwood and NTFPs


R1. Capabilities and skills of the NSAs, TPE and PO have strengthened their capacity to meet the needs of stakeholders and their emergence
R2. A multi-stakeholder network at different territorial scales is active and allows dialogue, exchange and decision-making
R3. Access to NTFP market is improved, income increased AGR
R4. The consumption of non-sustainable energy was reduced (improved stoves, pyrolysis ovens ...)
R5. Practices of sustainable forest management are adopted in line with the national regulatory framework


A1. Methodological support for 10 NSA, support for project management, definition of strategic plan, developing partnerships
A2. Participatory diagnosis and exchanges / support for sustainable reduction of socio-economic pressures on the forest ecosystem to regional and national local levels, according to the guidelines inspired by COMIFAC
A3. Training gatherers, NSA, TPEs and OP on NFTPs and structuring of sectors for better market access, more profitable marketing, development of innovative energy solutions and sustainable resource
A4. Enabling and facilitating a coherent and proactive network on NTFPs and timber resources that facilitates dialogue and decision-making

Related people

Project Officer / France

François Griffon

Holder of a Master's degree in "Sustainable Farming and Agri-food Systems in the South", specialised in "Markets, Organization, Quality and Services" from Montpellier SupAgro - Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), he brings his expertise in sector and value chain analysis, market studies, quality management and farmers' organisations services and support

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project building and project management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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