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Forest Products Development (FPD)


Forest Products Development (FPD) Research Theme contributes to sustainable forest management through development and promotion of efficient technologies for harvesting, processing and utilization of forest resources. The Theme contributes to improved livelihoods of Kenyan communities through development of wood and Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) as alternative sources of income. The Theme evaluates new ways of using wood in construction, bio-materials, bio-chemicals, bio-plastics, energy products and food additives.

The Theme addresses challenges facing wood resources and NWFP through the following Sub-themes:

   Forest harvesting and logging operations
   Forest product processing and efficient utilization
   Forest products development, incubation and linkage to industry/Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
   Development and promotion of efficient technologies for bio-energy processing and utilization
   Characterization and standardization of wood and non-wood products
   Identification, development and commercialization of products from natural resources
   Capacity building on efficient forest products development and utilization technologies

Improved kilns for charcoal production

Anatomical features of wood used in wood identification re

Bamboo Products

Cosmetic Products from Aloe

Improved chain saw for efficient on-farm tree processing

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