Forest provide a wide range of nutritious foods and protein.
  • Forests are a source of nuts, berries, roots and meats that are often the only accessible nutritious food for rural people. Forest foods are high in micronutrients and fiber, while also low in sodium, refined sugar and fat, which helps children and adults maintain a healthy diet.
  • In parts of Africa, children who live in areas with more tree cover have more diverse and nutritious diets. In a study of 21 countries, the consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A and leafy green vegetables among children were found to have a positive relationship with tree cover.
  • Bushmeat is often the main source of animal protein available in remote forest areas of Central Africa and the Amazon Basin, and plays an essential role in ensuring healthy diets when livestock or other meat sources are not available.
The CIFOR Strategy 2016-2025 aligns CIFOR’s research with the Sustainable Development Goals, to put CIFOR’s work into the context of the new climate and development agenda.