Outreach and media

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

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

The Contribution of Forests and Trees to Food Security Land Degradation Neutrality in Drylands

Side event at UNCCD COP-12
Ankara, Turkey; 16 October 2015

The side event presented the state of knowledge about the contribution of forests and tree-based systems to food security and nutrition by summarizing the key results of the Global Assessment Report prepared by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) with particular emphasis on drylands. Furthermore, the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) shared their experiences in governance systems that are required to manage trade-offs and promote pathways towards more integrated land uses by highlighting specific examples on the ground.


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.


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:

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

Presentation - Speech

Landscape Talk at the GLF Bonn Digital Conference 2020: Food in the Time of Crises

Bonn, Germany; 3-5 June 2020

Video and Presentation: Bhaskar Vira, Chair of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security


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

Links to selected media coverage:

BBC Online (UK) - http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32603799
Climate News Network (UK) - http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/tree-based-farming-could-deliver-abundant-benefits/?utm_source=Climate+News+Network&utm_campaign=e0f9bf30ea-Tree_based_farming_s_benefits5_8_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1198ea8936-e0f9bf30ea-38769677
Conversation (UK) - https://theconversation.com/how-tasty-forest-foods-can-help-solve-the-global-hunger-crisis-41276
Europa Press (Spain) - http://www.abc.es/sociedad/20150506/abci-bosques-alimentacion-201505051545.html
Die Presse (Austria) - http://www.iufro.org/download/file/19255/5690/gfep-forests-and-food-security-article-diepresse_pdf/
Greenreport.it (Italy) - http://www.greenreport.it/news/aree-protette-e-biodiversita/senza-le-foreste-impossibile-sconfiggere-la-fame-nel-mondo/
Indo-Asian News Service (India) - http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/forests-trump-card-in-efforts-to-end-global-hunger_1590858.html
Inter Press Service (Belgium) - http://www.ipsnews.be/artikel/bossen-en-bomen-essentieel-voor-voedselzekerheid
Mongabay (USA) - http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0508-gowarecki-food-security-forests.html
Notimex (Mexico) - http://www.20minutos.com.mx/noticia/b275574/los-bosques-son-clave-para-combatir-hambre-en-el-mundo/
O Globo (Brazil) - http://oglobo.globo.com/sociedade/sustentabilidade/relatorio-destaca-importancia-das-florestas-no-combate-fome-global-16067291
SciDev.net (UK) - http://www.scidev.net/global/food-security/news/link-forests-into-food-security-efforts-un-told.html
The East African - http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Forests--tree-foods-better-option-in-fight-against-malnutrition/-/2558/2713682/-/item/2/-/8pjfqb/-/index.html
Thomson Reuters Foundation (UK) - http://www.trust.org/item/20150505220049-hi65s
TreeHugger (USA) - http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/how-forests-can-help-feed-the-world.html
UN News Centre - http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50787#.VUvTYCFVhBc
Voice of America - http://www.voanews.com/content/proper-forest-management-key-feeding-planet/2765408.html
Xinhua (China) - http://www.spyghana.com/forests-key-to-eliminate-global-hunger-and-malnutrition/
Myjoyonline (Ghana) - http://www.myjoyonline.com/opinion/2015/november-6th/forests-trees-for-food-security-and-nutrition.php

Press Review - A Compilation

Blog entries:

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




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