Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme

The Non-Timber Forest Products-Task Force, the Philippine programme of NTFP–EP was founded in 1998, as an offshoot of a conference entitled “Exploring Commercially Viable Community-based NTFP Enterprises – A Mechanism for Sustainable Resource Management.” It started as a mechanism responding to emerging needs of communities and assisting organizations working on NTFP Development.  Now, it has grown into a collaborative network of 15 NGOs and Peoples’ Organizations (POs) working on providing livelihood needs of forest dependent communities and on NTFP development in the context of sustainable tropical forest management.

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From a mere desk and one person managing and implementing the programs of the organization, NTFP-TF is now composed of 15 program staff and two administrative and finance staff working on three main programs – Advocacy, Conservation and Resource Management and Enterprise Development. From being present in just a few provinces in the Philippines, NTFP TF is now working with more than 50 community based NTFP enterprises in 12 provinces.

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As it marks its 16th year, NTFP TF ventures into another milestone as it will be registered as a separate NGO from the regional organization. With this development, NTFP TF will now be known as NTFP EP Philippines.  A new name but with the same dedication and commitment to nurture forests and peoples in the Philippines.