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The Role of Non-Wood Forest Products in Poverty Alleviation and Food Security in Urban Ghana

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Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Volume 3, Issue 4, August 2014, Pages: 307-312 

Received: Aug. 17, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 6, 2014; Published: Sep. 20, 2014

Mawutor K. Glover, Department of Agro Enterprise, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Ho Polytechnic, P. O. Box 217, Ho, Ghana
Edinam K. Glover, Faculty of Law, P. O. Box 4, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland


Non Wood Forest Product (NWFP) is as old as the existence of humans and has gained increasing importance. The study focused on processing NWFPs in urban Ghana with special reference to the bushmeat commodity chain that supplies the urban areas. It described the existing forms of bushmeat processing requirements and constraints. It also examined the contribution of bushmeat to poverty alleviation and food security through its use, processing and trade as a NWFP. Methods for data collection involved the use of qualitative research approach in form of selective case study approach. In line with this approach, the study used both participant observation combined with focus group discussion to collect information from a cross section of primary actors in the bushmeat trade. Results showed that processing bushmeat for sale vary from place to place. It is conveyed to the major markets either smoked or fresh. Those using bushmeat for medicinal purposes cut the meat into various parts and dry them for their clientele. Results also showed that bushmeat trading activities involve a chain of actors composed of hunters, wholesalers and chop bar owners/retailers. This livelihood activity contributes highly to food security and household incomes of actors of the trade.

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