Expert Panel on Forest and Food Security


Faced with a continuously expanding global population, particularly in developing countries, securing sufficient food for over 9 billion people by 2050 is of prime concern and is reflected in numerous global forums. Forests contribute to food security in several different ways, both directly by providing food or supporting food production, and indirectly by providing ecosystem services as well as income through the sale of forest products.

In the context of the post-2015 development agenda, which seeks to establish a more integrated approach to poverty reduction in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, the contribution of forests to food security and nutrition, and the impact of food production on forests and landscapes are of particular relevance. Furthermore, they are also of high significance for the implementation of existing international commitments, including all three Rio Conventions. The FAO Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in May 2013 paved the way for greater commitment by the international community to this topic.

The goal of the Expert Panel is to provide a comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge about the role of forests  and trees for food security and nutrition. The Panel will develop a report aiming to provide policy makers, investors and donors with a stronger scientific basis for their decisions, policies and projects related to forests, trees, food security and nutrition.

The Terms of Reference for the Panel were endorsed by the CPF on 18 November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland.


Panel Activities


panel discussion on "Forests, Food and Life" in "Breathe Austria" Pavilion with B. Vira

The study entitled "Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition" is a comprehensive scientific analysis of the relationship between forests, food and nutrition. It emphasises the importance of forests and tree-based landscapes for food security and nutrition, and underlines the need for the most vulnerable groups of society to have secure access to forest foods.

The assessment was based on the work of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security (GFEP-FFS), convened by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

On 25 June the chair of the expert panel, Professor Bhaskar Vira from the University of Cambridge, will discuss findings of the report in a panel discussion on "Forests, Food and Life" in the "Breathe Austria" Pavilion of the EXPO2015 in Milan, Italy.


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Launch of the GFEP Global Assessment Report on "Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition" at the:
Joint Side Event at UNFF11 by IUFRO, CIFOR and ICRAF "A Science-Policy Interaction Platform on Forests - Supporting the UNFF with research and evidence"
Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 13:15-14:30
http://www.iufro.org/news/article/2015/04/30/a-science-policy-interaction-platform-on-forests-side-event-at-unff-11/

Photo showing IUFRO President M Wingfield and CIFOR's Director General P Holmgren
IUFRO President M Wingfield and CIFOR's Director General P Holmgren. Photo: J Parrotta
Photo showing Bhaskar Vira (GFEP) and Robert Nasi (CIFOR)
GFEP Panel Chair Bhaskar Vira and CIFOR's Robert Nasi. Photo: J Parrotta
Photo showing GFEP Coordinator C Wildburger
GFEP Coordinator C Wildburger. Photo: J Parrotta
Photo showing the official launch of the GFEP Report on Forests and Food Security
Official launch of the GFEP Report on Forests and Food Security. Photo: J Parrotta

Forest and food security, UN Forum on Forests, 11th session (UNFF11) - Press Conference
6 May 2015 - Organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Speakers: Mr. Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge, Panel Chair, Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security; Mr. Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UN Forum on Forests Secretariat; Mr. Alexander Buck, Executive Director of International Union of Forest Research Organizations
http://webtv.un.org/watch/forest-and-food-security-un-forum-on-forests-11th-session-unff11-press-conference/4220865870001


IUFRO/CIFOR Discussion Forum at Global Landscapes Forum"New findings on the dynamics between forests, land use and food security"
Lima, Peru; Sunday, 7 December 2014, 16.00-17.30.

Additional information:

Third Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security
New Dehli, India; 23-25 November 2014. List of Participants - Minutes

Second Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security
Cambridge, UK; 14-17 July 2014. List of Participants - Minutes

First Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security
Bogor, Indonesia; 12-14 March 2014. Draft Agenda - Chair's Overview - Minutes