Food security and nutrition

CIFOR is examining how forests and trees contribute to people’s diets, livelihoods and well-being – and how diets are affected by rapidly changing landscapes.

Roughly one-sixth of the global population depends at least partially on forests for food, income or both – consuming foods such as wild vegetables and meat, fish, snails and insects. But this rich dietary diversity is threatened by deforestation and forest degradation.

CIFOR is filling key knowledge gaps on the role of forests and agrobiodiversity at the landscape level in the diets of rural populations across the tropics, including how shifting patterns of land use and productive activities are changing local diets and livelihoods in some places, and ways to address this.

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