Forests, Trees and Poverty Alleviation in Africa

Expanded Policy Brief for African Stakeholders

One of the key messages of the global assessment report by the GFEP Global Expert Panel on Forests and Poverty states that policy and management measures that enable forests and trees to alleviate poverty need to be tailored to each specific context. This implies that decision-makers need to embrace complexities and adjust their approaches to the specific contexts in which they work. Therefore, recognizing the interlinkages between poverty and forest dependency in Africa, in November 2020, GFEP initiated the preparation of an Expanded Policy Brief for African Stakeholders on Forests, Trees and Poverty Alleviation in Africa.

This expanded policy brief aims to reach out to African stakeholders, raise awareness of the role of forests in poverty alleviation measures, and share a summary of the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on the topic. The policy brief is based on the global assessment report and is planned to launch in July 2021. The publication will outline the most important scientific evidence of the nexus of forest, trees, and poverty in Africa, explain the context, and highlight key conclusions to be taken into account by African policymakers.


    The team of authors for the policy brief were selected from the Global Expert Panel for Forest and Poverty based on their work in Africa and is comprised of

    • Markus Ihalainen, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR-ICRAF), Kenya
    • Pamela A. Jagger, University of Michigan, USA
    • Gillian Kabwe, The Copperbelt University, Zambia
    • Judith Kamoto, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi
    • Daniel C. Miller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    • Doris Mutta, The African Forest Forum, Kenya
    • Laura Vang Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Joleen Timko, University of British Columbia, Canada