The Forest Products Research Programme (FPRP)


FPRP, has a national mandate 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: bio-fuels 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.

Geographical Coverage

The Programme covers the whole country.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

Efficient utilization of wood resources

Promotion of non-wood forest products through development of commercially viable products

Pest and disease management

Youths in a tree nursery management training
Nature Kenya and KEFRI officers conducting a Focus Group Discussion Tana River County
Tree nursery management

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 for efficient charcoal production

Developed technologies on briquetting using different binders

Developed products from various indigenous fruits

Promoted efficient harvesting and handling of gums and resins

Disseminated various technologies and information on forest products 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

Our Services

Training in: tree seed; tree nursery management; and tree establishment, management and marketing

students on various forest technologies

Advisory services on forestry and allied natural resources

Student attachment and internship

Consultancy services in forestry and allied natural resources