6 May 2015
Forests could be the key to ending global hunger according to what has been described as the most comprehensive analysis ever on the link between forests and food security.
Around one in nine people across the world do not have enough to eat, with the majority living in Africa and Asia.
The global analysis was launched at the United Nations on Wednesday, as Daniel Dickinson reports.
The ”Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition” report outlines the potential forests have to improve the nutrition and ensure the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.
While recognizing the continued importance of large-scale agriculture in feeding the world, the report says that forests do have an important role to play.
Bhaskar Vira, from the University of Cambridge is one of the experts behind the report.
“We are not trying to suggest that forests and tree-based systems will replace agriculture in that critical relationship between crops and food. But what we document in extensive detail is the role that forests and tree-based systems already play in supplementing people’s diets and the important role they play in supplying people with a nutritionally balanced diet.”
The report explains how forest foods often provide a safety net during periods of food shortages.
It also shows how forest products can contribute to the income of local people, especially in the poorest parts of the world.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations