Forest Products Development (FPD)

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

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Improved kilns for charcoal production For Sustainable charcoal production

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Anatomical features of wood used in wood identification

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Grown and mature bamboo stems in variety. Suitable for decor products

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Cosmetic Products from Aloe

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Improved chain saw for efficient on-farm tree processing