MSP for Minor Forest Produce (MFP)
An important source of livelihoods for tribal people are non-wood forest products or Minor Forest Produce (MFP). This includes non-timber forest produce of plant origin such as bamboo, canes, fodder, leaves, gums, waxes, dyes, resins and many forms of food including nuts, wild fruits, honey, and lac.
Minor Forest Produces provide both subsistence and cash income for an estimated 100 million people who live in or near forests. MFP forms a major portion of their food, fruits, medicines and other consumption items and also provide cash income through sale. Tribals derive 20-40% of their annual income from Minor Forest Produce on which they spend major portion of their time. This activity has strong linkage to women’s financial empowerment as most of the Minor Forest Produces are collected and used/sold by women. Minor Forest Produce sector has the potential to create about 10 million workdays annually in the country.
A brief video on MSP for MFP can be viewed here.