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About the field manual

This manual has three purposes. First, it describes some of the linkages between forestry and nutrition to help foresters, together with nutritionists, orient their activities toward improving the nutrition situation in their project area. Second, it suggests an approach by which forestry activities can incorporate local peoples' nutrition and food security concerns. Third, it identifies some possible indicators for use in monitoring and evaluating the effects of forestry activities on nutritionally vulnerable groups and individuals.

The manual is written for planners and managers. It suggests ways of addressing nutrition issues. It makes reference to practical examples, emphasizing the process of community participation in identifying problems and activities. Although different types of forestry projects might be classified with respect to their potential in relation to nutrition, this guide presupposes that all types of forestry projects can incorporate nutrition concerns by choosing the relevant steps and examples.

The guide has two sections. The first introduces the linkages between forestry and nutrition, including a short discussion of the causes of malnutrition. The next contains a methodology for incorporating nutrition concerns into forestry projects. It includes examples of how forestry can positively and adversely affect nutrition. The section offers worksheets that correspond to the methodology.

The worksheets summarize the methodology discussed in the manual. They are each comprised of an objective, suggested responsible parties, and a series of questions that may make it easier to reach the objective(s). The appendices identify some of the possible indicators that can be used to plan, monitor and evaluate the impact of forestry activities on nutrition.

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