World Forestry Congress 2015

Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7 - 11 September 2015, Durban, South Africa
Tuesday 8 September | 10:30 - 12:30 | Hall 1A

Forests for socioeconomic development and food security

Session 2. Forests for food security and nutrition

With the pressures facing agricultural expansion, forests play a vital role in ensuring future food security. For people living in the vicinity of forests they are a source of food, fuelwood and livelihoods. More than that, forests are important buffer zones for poor families in the face of food scarcity, providing high quality edible foods, often associated with a nutritional diet.

This session will present information on the contribution forests provide to food security and nutrition around physical availability, economic and physical access, food utilization and stability of over time. The session will discuss how land and forest management can reduce competition for conversion of forest land into agriculture and other uses, in order to realize the challenge of sustainably feeding the growing global population.

Objectives: highlight the role of forests in food security and nutrition; demonstrate that sustainable land and forest management can reduce competition for land for agriculture and other uses at the cost of forests.