The Report

Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition - A Global Assessment Report

This report presents the results of the fourth global scientific assessment undertaken so far in the framework of GFEP. It reflects the importance of policy coherence and integration more than any previous GFEP assessment. It comes at a time when the United Nations General Assembly seeks to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. In this context, the eradication of hunger, realisation of food security and the improvement of nutrition are of particular relevance. By 2050, the international community will face the challenge of providing 9 billion people with food, shelter and energy. Despite impressive productivity increases, there is growing evidence that conventional agricultural strategies will fall short of eliminating global hunger and malnutrition. The assessment report in hand provides comprehensive scientific evidence on how forests, trees and landscapes can be – and must be - an integral part of the solution to this global problem. In other words, we must connect the dots and see the bigger picture.

Full Report

Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition -
A Global Assessment Report

Editors: Bhaskar Vira, Christoph Wildburger, Stephanie Mansourian

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Policy Brief

Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition - Contributing to the "Zero Hunger Challenge"

PRESENTATION at Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP)
by John Parrotta, 6 December 2015

Presentation - Speech



The report  "Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition - A Global Assessment Report" received significant media coverage around the world.

Blog entries:

US Forest Serivce: Forests Can Play a Key Role in Addressing Global Hunger and Malnutrition

Links to selected media coverage:

BBC Online (UK) -
Climate News Network (UK) -
Conversation (UK) -
Europa Press (Spain) -
Die Presse (Austria) - (Italy) -
Indo-Asian News Service (India) -
Inter Press Service (Belgium) -
Mongabay (USA) -
Notimex (Mexico) -
O Globo (Brazil) - (UK) -
The East African -
Thomson Reuters Foundation (UK) -
TreeHugger (USA) -
UN News Centre -
Voice of America -
Xinhua (China) -
Myjoyonline (Ghana) -

Press Review - A Compilation




Forest and agriculture mosaic landscape, Cat Ba, Vietnam
Photo © Terry Sunderland


Cocoa fruits, Costa Rica
Photo © Michael Kleine


Women selling mangoes in a roadside market in Guinea
Photo © Terry Sunderland


Cashew nuts, Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, Brazil
Photo © P.J. Stephenson



Cocoa grown in the forest, Cameroon
Photo © Terry Sunderland


Nutritious food in the Amazon
Photo © Nathalie van Vliet

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is the only world-wide organization devoted to forest research and related sciences. Its members are research institutions, universities, and individual scientists as well as decision-making authorities and other stakeholders with a focus on forests and trees.

The IUFRO-led Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) established the Expert Panel on “Forests and Food Security” with the aim to provide a comprehensive global assessment of scientific information on the relationship of forests and trees on the one hand, and food security and nutrition on the other, and to prepare a report to inform relevant policy decision-makers.

For more information, please contact:
Gerda Wolfrum at +43 1 877015117 or wolfrum(at)