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24 May 2013

Reporting from the FAO Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition

Photo courtesy of: World Agroforestry Centre via flickr

Photo by: World Agroforestry Centre via Flickr

You can find the official reporting from the event here

Re-blogged from ICRAF Blog

Agroforestry took centre stage at the first-ever International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition (13-15 May), organised by FAO.

Over 400 participants from over 100 countries attended the conference, including governments, civil-society organisations, local communities, donors and international agencies. For the conference, the FAO partnered with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the World Bank and Bioversity International.

Governments, civil society and the private sector “should ensure and strengthen the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry systems to food security and nutrition”, the FAO reported as a key recommendation.

Moreover, the FAO also reported that “conference participants further encouraged FAO to promote the conference recommendations to the next sessions of the Committee on World Food Security and the Committee on Forestry, as well as to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to be held at FAO headquarters in Rome on 19-21 November 2014.”

A number of key recommendations emerged from the conference, including improving incentives for small scale producers; microfinance; improved access to trees and land through improved tenure (for land and trees) and intersectoral cooperation.

This cooperation should involve governments, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders, who should build supports for forests, trees and agroforestry systems, which in turn contribute to food security and nutrition. Feasible inter-sectoral actions should be undertaken on landscape-scale partnerships, the FAO said.

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