CPF Cites Forests’ Role in Food Security, Calls for Support

26 October 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a statement on the importance of forest foods and services for food and nutritional security in poor, forest-dependent communities.The CPF calls for more attention from policy makers and development agencies to the role of forests and trees on farms as a direct source of food and cash income for more than a billion people. Noting the nutritional value of several forest foods - particularly wild leaves, fruits, edible roots, and tubers - the CPF recommends increased investment in support of sustainable forest management and the rehabilitation of degraded forest lands.

The statement also highlights: the role of women in processing tree and forest products; the importance of agroforestry in increasing yields of smallholder farmers; and the utility of forest environmental services for agricultural productivity. [FAO Media Release]