Table 2. List of the factors that limited commercialization of more than half of the case studies considered by the CEPFOR project.

Factor
Percentage of case studies for which the factor significantly limits commercialization
Inequitable exertion of market power along the value chain
79%
Price of the product does not vary in response to changing costs of production
74%
Low development of the brand identity
74%
Lack of an organization that links producers or processors to buyers
74%
NTFP quality is adversely affected by poor harvesting methods
74%
Limited amount of resource available
68%
Lack of a communication network
68%
NTFP value chain does not use the value chain of other products
68%
Lack of provision of financial capital to commercialization (e.g., credit and loans) by entrepreneurs
68%
No external financial support available in the form of credit or loans
68%
No traditional link between the producers and the consumers
68%
Producers do not have good access to market information (price, quantity, quality)
68%
There are competing land uses for NTFP production areas
63%
Consumer preference for product quality is not reflected in the price paid to producers
63%
Low level of integration of producers into the cash economy
63%
Entrepreneurs do not play a positive role in facilitating NTFP commercialization (e.g., market information and contacts)
63%
Yield of the NTFP species varies significantly
58%
Producers are not able to sell directly to consumers
58%
No community norms that facilitate NTFP commercialization
58%