Fair business development for Non-Timber Forest Products based on local knowledge. Tamarindus in Kenya.

Last changed: 01 April 2024
Tamarindus tree

Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) provide food and income in combination with carbon storage and forest conservation. However, the market development of such species must be sustainable and benefit local producers.

About the project

The study analyzes sustainable business models for tree products in Kenya with a focus on Tamarindus indica, which yields nutritious fruits for food and beverages. The research comprises documentation of local knowledge, identification of factors for a sustainable and fair production, and elaboration of a sustainable business model for Tamarindus. The research applies theories of ethnobotany, tropical forest management, bio-based value chains, and sustainable, fair business models. It will beconducted in close dialogue and collaboration with local stakeholders. Gender issues will be key because womenare the most involved in NTFP activities. Participatory observations will be combined with interviews, surveys, andfocus group discussions. Our preliminary results are discussed with two reference groups, a scientific board and a group of local stakeholders.


The findings will fill existing scientific knowledge gaps, and be applied for the sustainable development of Tamarindus value chains. They will help to identify opportunities for poverty reducing, sustainable business models for tree products.


Grant: 2,8 Mkr
Funder: FORMAS
Duration: 2023-2026
Projectmanagement: Anders Roos (SLU), Doris Mutta (African Forest Forum), Cecilia Mark-Herbert (SLU), Marie Louise Avana (AFF), Chemuku Wekesa (Kenya Forest Research Institute)