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How linking agriculture with forestry can offer food security?

  Mar 25, 2016

How linking agriculture with forestry can offer food security?

The latest edition of the State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) report explores the relationship between agriculture and forestry for a food-secure future. Food production and the role of forests
While agriculture can feed the world’s population, it is responsible for deforestation globally. Ensuring food security
Forests ensure the food security of millions of people worldwide, as they are important sources of food, energy and income. Combating climate change
  1. SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  2. SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  3. SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Forests produce timber and non-timber products, conserve soil, recharge groundwater, purify air, provide habitat for biodiversity and benefit local communities.

Improving food security
The report presents case studies from seven countries—Chile, Costa Rica, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Tunisia and Viet Nam—that show how food security was ensured through an increase or maintenance of forest cover. In Tunisia, agricultural production has increased through intensification that makes better use of existing agricultural land through irrigation, fertilisation, mechanisation, improved seeds and better farming practices.