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Forests and food security - new report launched

last modified May 13, 2015 09:36 AM
New study launched at the UN Forum on Forests.
Forests and food security - new report launched

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A recent study by the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security, chaired by Dr Bhaskar Vira of the Department of Geography, was launched at the UN Forum on Forests in New York 4-15 May. The report shows how forests and trees can complement agricultural production and give an economic boost to some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.

Dr Vira writes in The Conversation: ‘About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger, with the majority living in Africa and Asia. The world’s forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests could be essential to global food security, particularly when considering the importance of diverse, nutritionally-balanced diets.”

For further information:

http://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/forests-and-food-security-panel/

http://theconversation.com/how-tasty-forest-foods-can-help-solve-the-global-hunger-crisis-41276