Online story map brings life to links between forests, food security and nutrition

Forest foods supply essential nutrients and support food security for millions of people around the globe, as depicted in a new web-based story map, Feeding the world: The role of forests, trees and agroforestry.

The map, an entry to CGIAR’s “Living Data” competition, was created by Niki De Sy, a PhD candidate at Wageningen University and CIFOR, and Sidney Gizen. The competition encourages participants to use innovative, web-publishable formats to bring scientific research to life. The input data for De Sy’s entry are gathered from The contribution of forested landscapes to food security and nutrition.

As CIFOR’s research shows, pressure is mounting on global food systems to expand production – often at the expense of forest ecosystems and the food security they provide to communities worldwide. The story map brings into focus the wild fruits and vegetables, fuelwood, bushmeat, spices and nuts, which are an integral part of the livelihoods and diets of many of the world’s poorest people.

The Living Data competition is designed to draw attention to CGIAR’s critical research in forestry, agriculture, and climate change in preparation for CGIAR’s inaugural Development Dialogues in New York on 25 September 2014.

The CGIAR Development Dialogues is an invitation-only event that will take place during Climate Week NYC alongside the UN General Assembly, the inaugural meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and the UN Climate Summit. The event will be webcast live on CIFOR TV.

The competition is open for submissions until 15 September. Voting will continue until 24 September.