||The Forest Products Research Programme (FPRP) is mandated to undertake forestry research in harvesting, handling, processing and value addition of both wood and non-wood forest products. The Programme develops forestry technologies on: biofuels mainly charcoal and briquettes; timber engineering on various species including bamboo; and non wood forest products such as indigenous fruits, gums, resins, and aloe.
The Programme implements its research and development activities in two thematic areas; Forest Products Development and Technical Support Services.
FPRP – Karura Centre is situated in Karura Forest 6 km from Nairobi next to the Kenya Forest Service Headquarters, off the Kiambu Road, opposite the CID Headquarters.
The Programme covers the whole country.
* Efficient utilization of wood resources
* Promotion of non-wood forest products through development of commercially viable products
* Development of diverse biomass fuelwood
Forest Products Development
||* Developed and promoted technologies for efficient timber sawing on-farm
* Developed technologies for utilizing waste timber through lamination
* Developed technologies for making bamboo beams for construction through lamination
||* Developed technologies on charcoal making
* Developed technologies on briquetting using different binders
||* Developed products from various indigenous fruits
* Promoted efficient harvesting and handling of gums and resins among rural communities
Technical Support Services
||* Disseminated various technologies and information on forestry through open and field days, agricultural shows, conferences and workshops, print and electronic media.
* Trained stakeholders on use of bamboo, making various products from aloe and indigenous fruit trees, and efficient and safe use of chain saw on-farm.
* Connected products such as baobab fruit powder to an SME
* Making of client specific wooden products
* Aloe detergent
* Training on processing of timber on-farm
* Training on diverse use of bamboo
* Training on making of products such as juice, jam, and soap from tree and non wood extracts
* Drying of timber using kilns
* Grading of timber
* wood identification
* Analysis of chemical composition of non-wood products