keywords: Community Livelihoods, Inhabitants, Non-Timber Forest Products, Takum and Safety net
Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) are important safety net in Takum. However, there is a dearth of information on the species of NTFPs that are used as safety net in Takum. Therefore, safety net of NTFPs among the inhabitants in Takum was investigated. At 30% sampling intensity (Diaw et al., 2002), 180 questionnaires were administered using multistage sampling procedure. Data generated was analyzed using simple percentages; t-test and logistic regression at α 0.05.The result on safety net of NTFPs indicated that, twenty two NTFPs are used as a safety net in Takum. The result of t-test indicated that, an average monthly income of ₦ 1,553.23, ±1062.74 was gotten from NTFPs. The result on level of dependence on NTFPs as a safety net in Takum indicated that, 50 respondents (28.6%) had level of dependence1-35% as safety net; 100 (57.1%), had 36-75% level of dependence while 25 (14.3%), had 76-100 level of dependence on NTFPs as a safety net respectively. The result of logistic regression analysis showed that, occupation had odds ratio 518.35; Household size, 60.08; sex, 9.22; monthly income 8.41; Agro-ecological zone 5.85; Age, 5.22; Educational status 3.38 while monthly expenditure, meal perday and richness had values lower than 2 respectively. Based on the major findings of the study, the followings are recommended; awareness; planting of NTFPs; raising seedlings of NTFPs; training people on other sources of generating income respectively.