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.
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
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
Laura is at the second IUFRO Expert Panel meeting in Nairobi on Forests and Poverty. The task of the panel is to carry out a comprehensive global assessment of available scientific information about the interactions between forests and poverty – and to prepare a report to inform the discussions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related SDGs. https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/forests-and-poverty-panel/
Our findings on the socio-ecological outcomes of agricultural intensification in low and middle-income countries were featured in a story on rice intensification by The National (CBC). The findings were published in Nature Sustainability