This under-exploitation does not guarantee, in the long term, the viability of this sector, identified as a sector of growth.
"The result is a low valuation of the value chain, especially the link of transformation that is still handcrafted with little guarantee in quality assurance. It is also noted failures in the packaging and presentation of the products obtained. These failures make less competitive the non-timber forest products and their derivatives on the national market as international", deplores Paul Koudadje, Cabinet Director to the Togolese Minister of the environment.
To rectify the situation, he recommends "a planning approach for sustainable management of NTFPs to ensure coherence and visibility of the actions of the sector".
By 2030, a new plan to provide Togo with a strategy for the sustainable management of non-timber forest products will be put in place through the second phase of the NTFP project, which will cost $ 282,000.
The approach is supported by FAO. It will be necessary to develop, in a participatory manner, the national program for the sustainable management of NTFPs in Togo, strengthen the capacities of actors in three sectors (shea butter, nere, and honey) and set up a statistical system for the collection of data relating to the NTFP.
"Its implementation will ensure the sustainable management of non-timber forest products and increase the resilience of communities to climate change," said Djiwa Oyetounde, FAO-Togo Program Officer.
An exploratory study conducted by FAO has already identified Togo's potential for non-timber forest products.
The potential of the country is enormous, especially products such as nere, honey and shea. "These products are not only important for their availability in terms of volume or quantity, but also in terms of processing and marketing," certifies FAO.
Phase 2 of the project will also enable Togo to develop a response to climate change in the context of adaptation to climate change. The document will be submitted to the Green Climate Fund so that, in the future, each region of the country can have a climate change adaptation plan.