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11 October 2017

Forests, trees and agroforestry for food security and nutrition and the SDGs: Research and partners, towards a joint action agenda

Photo by Scott Wylie via Flickr.

This seminar is part of the CFS 44 conference.

Forests and trees are key to achieve food and nutrition security objectives, to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Forest and trees have critical roles to play in landscapes and in value chains towards sustainable agricultural development. Yet, forests and trees were historically not given the place they deserve within these agendas.

There is scope for major food security, environmental, economic and social development benefits if people, including women, young and marginalized people, can be given the ways and means to better utilize and manage forests and trees resources within landscapes, if benefits can be more equitably shared, and if timber and tree food products value chains are organized for sustainable production and consumption.

To address these challenges a specific and forward-looking focus on research, knowledge-generation and scaling-up with development partners is needed.  The side event will discuss expectations of stakeholders, from generating technical, policy and governance solutions, to scaling-up according to contexts. This will help defining priorities of research for development and of national and international partners, in support of stakeholders needs to implement the CFS action agenda.


More information and a summary of the event can be found here.


From 11 October 2017 at 08:30 to 11 October 2017 at 10:00


FAO Headquarters
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

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Key speakers/presenters:

  • H.E. Amb. Hans Hoogeveen, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to FAO
  • Vincent Gitz, CGIAR/CIFOR/FTA Director
  • Eva Muller, FAO/FO/FOA Director
  • Peter Holmgren, CIFOR Director General
  • Rene Boot, Tropenbos International, Director General
  • Kerstin Jonsson Cisse, SIDA, head of global programme
  • Cecile Ndjebet, President, the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)
  • Agusdin Pulungan, President WAMTI (Indonesian Farmer and Fisher Society Organization)

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