Our new commentary in One Earth argues that a “one-size fits all” approach to achieving a global shift towards more plant-based diets is unlikely to be successful given the different nutritional and livelihood challenges facing different world regions
The paper describes five mega-trends affecting forests and forest communities. These trends are poorly understood, but likely to have major consequences for forests and forest livelihoods over the coming decade. The five trends are: 1) Forest mega-disturbances, 2) Changing rural demographics, 3) The rise of the middle-class in low-and middle-income countries, 4) Increased availability, access and use of digital technologies, and 5) Large-scale infrastructure development.
This is the first study to map the crown diameter of more than 1.8 billion trees across an area of more than 1,300,000 square kilometers in West Africa. The research team – led by Martin Brandt from University of Copenhagen – mapped how tree crown diameter, coverage, and density varied depending on rainfall and land use.
Based on analysis of household-level data from the 2005–2006, 2010–2011, and 2013–2014 Ugandan National Panel Surveys, we found that growing trees especially fruit trees, was associated with improvements in both total household consumption and nutritional outcomes.
The paper argues that better evaluation of the role of land cover complexity will help avoid overly simplistic views of food security and, instead, uncover nutritional synergies with forest conservation and restoration
Welcome to PhD Fellow Rasmus Skov Olesen and Postdoctoral fellow Charlotte Hall. Also joining us later this spring is Emilie Vansant, who will be starting a PhD (June 1). In the fall, we will be welcoming Bowy den Braber, who will be joining the lab as a postdoc (from September 15).
Gina Kennedy, Sarah Gergel, and Laura presented the results from a multi-country assessment across sub-Saharan Africa that aimed to understand how forests are associated with multiple indicators of dietary quality, including dietary diversity and the consumption of fruits. The study was developed as part of the project ‘Food & Landscape Diversity’ led by S. Gergel and T. Sunderland, funded with support from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The research was published as an article in Global Food Security in October 2019