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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.
I am happy to have contributed to this global assessment led by Daniel Miller. Some of the key messages from the report:
1) Forests and trees support human wellbeing and contribute to global efforts to end poverty,
2) Benefits from forests and trees to human wellbeing are unevenly distributed,
3) Inadequate land use policies and programmes may lead to excessive costs being borne by the poor
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
The study was published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
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