Forests for food security, nutrition and human health
FAO has developed a new strategic framework, which provides renewed commitment to contributing to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, and guides our work on forests, food security and nutrition.
FAO Fruit trees for Haiti ©FAO/Thony BelizaireKey recommendations from the International conference on forests, food security and nutrition present useful actions to further strengthen support to member countries, especially in: developing mechanisms for securing land and forest tenure; strengthening forest governance; closing the gender gap; aligning forest policy and legal frameworks with national food security and nutrition policy and strategies; sustainable forest, tree and wildlife management to maintain and integrate the diversity of food species.
FAO assists people and countries in improving the contribution of forests to food security and nutrition through several of its core programmes and activities.
Examples of FAO Forestry programmes that specifically address forests in food security and nutrition at various levels are: non wood forest products, edible insects; community based enterprises, agroforestry, wood energy, poverty reduction, and gender.
FAO Forestry's work on policy and governance helps countries take into account the institutional and cross-sectoral policy implications on food security and nutrition of forest resource management
In seeking to enhance forests' contribution to food security, FAO collaborates with many partners, particularly the members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and others.