Did you know that the jungle can provide us with much more than the wood from its trees? The Amazon rainforest has a great diversity of resources that are interesting in economic terms as well as in terms of rural development and environmental protection.
The depth of the Amazon rainforest is an ecosystem that contains a spectacular diversity of fauna and flora. This ecosystem thus contains many plant species that are interesting resources to be incorporated into the food or cosmetics market.
These Amazonian resources can be an interesting option to benefit us as consumers and consumers of the natural diversity and bioactive properties that the Amazon offers us and also, It is very important to bear in mind that these products must be produced in a sustainable way in a way that respects the natural ecosystem in which they grow.
What are the so-called Ntfps?
Non-timber Forest Products (Nwfps) is the name by which FAO refers to goods of biological origin, other than wood, derived from forest, other forest areas and trees outside forests. This type of resource is what we refer to and among which we find raw materials such as camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) fruit with high antioxidant content.
These non-wood forest products have always been a good part of the forest economy in many countries; they have provided income to a large number of rural and urban households for many years.
It is true, however, that these non-wood products have not been given the economic value they have to the detriment of wood; but the recent increase in interest in Ntfps has been a consequence of a number of changes in the approach to development. With the evolution we are witnessing on the importance of rural development and on poverty alleviation, there has been growing interest in studying how forests and forest products contribute to food security and livelihoods of households in entire communities residing in what are known as developing countries.
At the same time, concern that development activities be consistent with environmental integrity, and without prejudice to the future potential of forests and land and resources, have highlighted arguments that their management of Ntfps could be less harmful to the environment than alternative uses of forests.
The study of these forest products that are different from wood are also important for achieving conservation of the native biodiversity of the Amazon.
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As defined by FAO, Ntfps can be harvested in the wild or produced in forest plantations or agroforestry systems We know many examples of non-timber forest products but others are relatively unknown and they need to be disseminated and their biological and chemical properties researched so as to provide them with the economic value from which the communities that directly benefit from their exploitation can benefit. At Q’omeresen we are proud to know the reality of the Amazon and we care about the promotion of its products.
Many of these Ntfps are products used as food and food additives (edible seeds, fungi, fruits, fibers, species and condiments, flavourings) as well as we can also find resins, gums, in addition to other plant and animal products used for medicinal, cosmetic or cultural purposes.