Forests and Food Security - new Global Forest Expert Panel approved by CPF

The panel will prepare a comprehensive global assessment of available scientific information about the relationship of forests and trees with food security and nutrition.

Forests play a major role in achieving Millennium Development Goal 1 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and in striving for food security. Globally, millions of people depend on forests for their food security and nutrition, directly through the consumption or sale of foods produced in forests, indirectly through forest-related employment and income, forest ecosystem services, and forest biodiversity.

The "International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition", held at FAO Headquarters in Rome in May 2013, inter alia conveyed the key message that forests, trees and agroforestry systems demand greater attention in strategies for food security and nutrition and in the fight against hunger. It also called for improved data collection at national and international levels.

In the framework of its Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has now unanimously approved the establishment of a new IUFRO-led GFEP on Forests and Food Security at its meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on 18 November 2013.

The new Expert Panel will carry out a comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge regarding the relationship between forests and food security. In line with the established principles of GFEP, the assessment will be based on existing information and synthesize scientific outcomes of present initiatives. Two main outputs will be produced: a comprehensive, peer-reviewed scientific report; and a summary for policy makers ('policy brief').

The objectives of the analysis will be to clarify the different dimensions and the role that forests play in food security; to analyse the social, economic, and environmental synergies and trade-offs related to forest and land-use management and food security; and to identify policy options and governance frameworks required for achieving desired outcomes.

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