Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) is a collaborative network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations in South and Southeast Asia, working with forest-based communities to strengthen their capacity in sustainable management of natural resources and livelihoods development.
With over 12 years of field experience, the NTFP-EP has carved itself a niche in community-based non-timber forest products enterprise development in forested and protected areas in the South and Southeast region. It is regarded as an important regional resource and actor in the field of NTFPs (Resource management, Markets and Technology) and community forestry. Its strategic partnerships, that include the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), allow for further dissemination and multiplier effects of its projects. It has a track record of managing marketing intermediaries in four countries that demonstrate its market-oriented approach to enterprise development. These intermediaries and complementary capacity building programs support close to 6900 producers.
The Keystone Foundation in India has been working for over 2 decades on forest honey product development and other fair trade, organic and sustainably produced goods. They have served as a center for learning for the regional enterprise program where many have drawn inspiration.
In Southeast Asia, NTFP-EP established marketing intermediary support first, in the Philippines with the CustomMade Crafts Center in 2004. Similarly, the marketing outfit for sustainably managed forest products from communities in Cambodia, NatureWild emerged in 2009. Just one year after, the modern-heritage brand Borneo Chic was launched in Indonesia.
From crafts enterprises, NTFP-EP has since expanded to work on food, honey products, resins, and other commodities. NTFP-EP intermediaries are also engaging value chains through marketing and brokering efforts, through value addition endeavors and materials sourcing.