GCAP Statement on Forests, Food, & Nutrition
Forests are Key to Ending Malnutrition & Hunger
But UN Members Would Allow 10 More Years of Deforestation!!
Forests can reduce, end global hunger, according to the new report launched on 6th May, 2015 during the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York. It is a bold claim, and the report, published by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), doesn't shy away from the enormity of the problem it seeks to address.
Some 805 million people — one in nine citizens of Earth — are undernourished, primarily in Africa and Asia. At the same time, between 1.2 and 1.5 billion people worldwide depend on forests for all or most of their diet and livelihood, according to the report. This suggests that if countries with big forest-dependent populations adopt national policies and land-use strategies that support the planting of multi-functional trees to provide food, timber, fuel wood, medicine, and a host of environmental services, they could do much to ensure access to safe, nutritious food for all. Agro-forestry, like agro-ecology, is important to achieving UN Secretary General’s Zero Hunger Challenge!
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