Forest and Family Farming for Food Security and Nutrition
This side event, co-organised by FAO and the FFF in partnership with the Indigenous Partnership for Agro-biodiversity and Food Sovereignty and the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, was held on Thursday 16 October 2014, during the Committee on Food Security on the World Food Day. It demonstrated the interconnection of forests and farms at the landscape level. It emphasized the important role of forests and trees in family farming and food security through the direct provision of nutritious food and by maintaining sustainable agricultural systems, thus ensuring local livelihoods.
"In times of food security crisis, Indigenous People have more visibility. Indigenous people are now being recognized within the international community because they provide (i) coping strategies, (ii) local knowledge, (iii) local practices, which are all important in solving the issues around food security."
Phrang Roy, Coordinator, Indigenous Partnership for Agro-biodiversity and Food Sovereignty
"Family Farming forms productive agro-ecological systems and increases food security."
Eva Müller, Director, Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division, FAO Forestry Department
"Community forests are being over-used by timber-harvesting companies. Landless and small farmers who live the forests should be protected and their knowledge recognized."
Lyam Bahadur Darji, Asian Farmers Association (AFA); Secretary-General, National Land Rights Forum, Kathmandu, Nepal
"The Enset system=people+forests+food+pasturing. Spiritual traditions enable the system to maintain."
Wolde Tadesse, Community Elder from Gamo Gofa, Ethiopia and Anthropologist, Oxford University