The livelihood of many sections of society and its sustenance has been a major issue for the Governments all over the world. The present study basically deals with non Timber Forest Produce NTFP and its role in ensuring sustainable livelihood to tribes living in the forest areas.
If you are able to manage the potential of NTFP properly, sustainable livelihood for tribes will become a reality not only in Andhra Pradesh but also elsewhere in India. Thus, the sustenance of tribal livelihoods, sustainable production of NTFP and its access to the tribes is of tremendous significance.
The driving force behind this study is the author's personal experience as Project Officer, Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Khammam District, Collector and District Magistrate, Nalgonda District and Managing Director of Girijan Cooperative Corporation Limited (GCC) of Andhra Pradesh.
Based on an analysis of his work in various tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh, the Author has made an attempt to suggest policy measures for sustainable production of NTFP and its marketing, in order to improve the livelihood opportunities open to NTFP gatherers. In the process NTFP policies have also been scrutinized and studied.
This study is a valuable contribution to the Literature on sustainable development.