Food security and livelihoods publications

Sustainable management of Miombo woodlands 7 May 2018 The Miombo woodland is a vast African dryland forest ecosystem covering close to 2.7 million km2 across southern Africa (Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe). It is estimated that the woodlands sustain the livelihoods of more than 100 million rural poor and 50 million urban people. The charcoal sector alone employs vast numbers of rural people and offers additional income to many poor rural families. [more]
Small-scale forest enterprises in Latin America: Unlocking their potential for sustainable livelihoods 11 December 2017 This publication is part of FAO’s work on forestry with focus on small-scale forestenterprise development and poverty reduction. This work was developed under FAO’sStrategic Programme on Reducing Rural Poverty. [more]
Small-scale forest enterprise development in Nepal: Overview, issues and challenges 8 December 2017 This publication is part of FAO’s work on forestry with focus on small-scale forest enterprisedevelopment and poverty reduction. This work was developed under FAO’s StrategicProgramme on Reducing Rural Poverty. [more]
Living in and from the forests of Central Africa 4 December 2017 Living in and from the forests of Central Africa is intended first and foremost as a full-scale extension tool concerning NWFPs in Central Africa. It is a work on the groups who have always lived in these forests, forests that contribute to every aspect of their daily lives, both material and spiritual, and enable them to survive even in periods of extreme crisis. Living in and from the forests of Central Africa is intended first and foremost as a full-scale extension tool concerning NWFPs in Central Africa. [more]
Access to finance for forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) 1 November 2017 Forest landscapes are inhabited by approximately 1.5 billion people. The aggregate gross annual value of these smallholder producers approaches US$1.3 trillion. Adding value to that production, through financial investment, will be key to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, access to finance is an important issue. The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) commissioned this scoping paper to assess what might be done to improve access to finance. [more]
Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition: Policy recommendations 20 October 2017 Forests and trees in their diversity of ecosystems and human perceptions and uses, contribute directly and indirectly to food security and nutrition (FSN) in numerous ways and at different levels. These contributions vary according to types of forests and the way they are managed. [more]
Non-wood forest products in international statistical systems 16 October 2017 This report compares the international statistics on non-wood forest products (NWFPs) by reviewing the three main international statistical classifications: HS, CPC and ISIC. The intention of this paper is not to reinvent a statistical system of NWFPs, but rather to provide information on NWFPs in the existing statistical systems so that users – in other words national/regional/international statistical agencies and industries – can compile information on NWFPs according to their assessment needs. [more]
Agroforestry for landscape restoration 4 October 2017 This working paper, the first in a new series on forest and landscape restoration, examines how agroforestry can advance land restoration and conservation, while increasing the resilience of agroecosystems and their contribution to food security and poverty alleviation. Although there is no single internationally agreed definition of land degradation, for the purposes of this paper we define degraded land as land that has lost some degree of its natural productivity due to human-caused processes. [more]
The role of forest producer organizations in social protection 2 October 2017 This study reviews the literature on the provision of social protection by forest producer organizations, with a specific focus on their role and practices in this regard, the types of benefits they provide, the factors that may enhance or hinder the provision of benefits and the opportunities for taking advantage of these organizations to expand social protection coverage in marginalized communities. [more]
A diagnostic on social protection needs and opportunities for forest-dependent communities in the United Republic of Tanzania 1 October 2017 This study is aimed at gaining an understanding of the poverty and vulnerability situation of forest-dependent communities in the United Republic of Tanzania and generating information on the availability of social protection interventions, with a view to identifying pathways for establishing sustainable social protection for these communities. [more]
Policy Guidance Note 3: Strengthening Sector Policies for Better Food Security and Nutrition Results: Forestry 20 July 2017 Forests have the potential to contribute to food security and nutrition in a number of ways. They are a source of food and they provide woodfuel for cooking, income, employment and ecosystem services that are essential to support agricultural and fishery production. Despite this potential, most often the existing forestry policies are focused on economic efficiency and do not consider the relevance of forests to sustainable food security and nutrition. [more]
Integrated policy for forests, food security and sustainable livelihoods: lessons from the Republic of Korea 2 March 2016 In the 1950s and 1960s, the Republic of Korea was one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Deforestation had stripped the country of half its forest cover, contributing to severe erosion, repetitive flood and drought damage and a decrease in agricultural production which threatened national food security. [more]
Regenerating forests and livelihoods in Nepal - A new lease on life 29 February 2016 This book seeks to capture the leasehold forestry experience, with a special focus on the Leasehold Forestry and Livestock Programme, which has been a critical part of the leasehold forestry experience in Nepal. It will describe the origins and evolution of the various leasehold forestry programmes and projects that have been launched in the country, as well as their objectives, components and activities, and concrete outcomes and impacts. However, it will also emphasize the story behind the numbers and the individual lives that were impacted by the initiatives. Testimonies are a strong element of the book, as they reveal the on-the-ground results of the leasehold forestry experience: What was successful and why? Why did some things work well and others not? Testimonies come from programme, project and government staff and, most importantly, the farmers themselves. [more]
Forty years of community-based forestry: A review of its extent and effectiveness 29 February 2016 This publication is FAO’s first comprehensive look at the impact of community-based forestry since previous reviews in 1991 and 2001. It considers both collaborative regimes (forestry practised on land with formal communal tenure requiring collective action) and smallholder forestry (on land that is generally privately owned). The publication examines the extent of community-based forestry globally and regionally and assesses its effectiveness in delivering on key biophysical and socioeconomic outcomes, i.e. moving towards sustainable forest management and improving local livelihoods. The report is targeted at policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, communities and civil society. [more]
Unasylva - Forests, trees and disasters 13 May 2015 Forests and trees are not only affected by disasters and crises, but also have an important role to play in building back better. The articles in this issue provide illustrations of this role in a range of situations and geographic areas, including Haiti, Pakistan, Ukraine and South Sudan. [more]
Assessing and promoting trees outside forests in Asian rice production landscapes 19 December 2014 Planted or naturally regenerated trees scattered throughout rice production landscapes or in and around agricultural plots, in the pilot sites and elsewhere, have proven to be excellent sources of goods and services to increase the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural landscapes. [more]
Unasylva 242 - A new dynamic for Mediterranean forests 4 March 2014 Mediterranean forests are interwoven with the lives of the people of the region. They provide wood, cork and other products, as well as being a source of income for many. They contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, capture and store carbon, protect soil and water, and offer areas for recreation. Yet they are under increasing pressure. This includes pressures from humans, whose needs are growing and shifting, and stresses due to climatic changes including temperature increases, reduced r ainfall and prolonged periods of drought. This makes it all the more important to look holistically at the goods and services that Mediterranean forests provide and define sustained and integrated solutions. [more]
Forests for Food Security and Nutrition 17 December 2013 Food security requires healthy, diverse ecosystems, and forests and trees outside forests therefore have an important role to play. To explore this role, FAO and its partners brought together, in May 2013, more than 400 experts from governments, civil-society organizations, indigenous and other local communities, donors and international organizations from over 100 countries for the first global conference to specifically address the role of forests and trees outside forests in food security and nutrition – the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. This edition of Unasylva presents articles arising from that conference. [more]
Towards food security and improved nutrition: increasing the contribution of forests and trees 15 July 2013 In May 2013, FAO, in partnership with Bioversity International, the Center for International Forestry Research, the World Agroforestry Centre and the World Bank, hosted the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. More than 400 participants attended the conference, comprising experts from governments, civil-society organizations, indigenous and other local communities, donors and international organizations from more than 100 countries. This policy brief has been produced on the basis of the sharing of information and knowledge that took place during the conference, and of the summary produced at its conclusion. [more]
Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security 14 May 2013 This publication describes the contribution of insects to food security. It shows the many traditional and potential new uses of insects for direct human consumption and the opportunities for and constraints to farming them for food and feed. It examines the body of research on issues such as insect nutrition and food safety, the use of insects as animal feed, and the processing and preservation of insects and their products. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018