Forestry Investments Can Help End Famine

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Forestry investments can provide an effective and lasting solution to ending hunger in third world countries, claims in a new article The ethical investments website cites a recent forestry report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support its claims.



We shouldn’t seek the single best solution to deal with this issue. Instead, we should be using a combination of all effective solutions, forestry included. released an article today, claiming that FAO’s latest forest data might just hold the key to finding a lasting solution to famine, and that solution is forestry investments. FAO stated on their website last week that forests supply a variety of nutrient-packed wild foods for local communities, are a good source of income and help farmers deal with the effects of climate change on crop harvests.

Famine in third world countries has been a pressing and particularly disturbing issue for decades. According to Feed the Future, an initiative launched by the U.S. government, today over one billion people suffer from chronic hunger. At the same time, more than 3.5 million children die from undernutrition annually.

October 16th marked the celebration of the 32nd annual World Food Day. To commemorate the date, Feed the Future reaffirmed in their October newsletter their commitment to advancing agricultural development and improving human security. Their exclusive focus on agriculture prompted to question how effective the international community has been in coping with chronic hunger.

“How is it possible that, while the rest of the world lives with an excess of food, with obesity rates reaching all-time highs, lack of food in some communities is still claiming human lives?” says Tonka Dobreva of Dezz, the digital media agency, which operates “We shouldn’t seek the single best solution to deal with this issue. Instead, we should be using a combination of all effective solutions, forestry included.”

But how do forestry investments provide an effective framework for ending world hunger? cites Eduardo Rojas-Briales, FAO assistant director-general for forestry, who claims that in India, over 50 million people rely on forests to meet their basic needs; in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, wild foods make up for the daily meals of about 80 per cent of the population.

Forest foods also offer diversity in terms of nutrients for indigenous people, who otherwise have a bland diet. According to FAO’s report, there is abundance of vitamins A and C, proteins and calcium in wild leaves. Wild fruit is an excellent source of easy-to-burn calories, as well as vitamins and minerals, while the starchy roots of some forest vegetables supply an ample amount of energy-providing carbohydrates.

In addition to food, notes that FAO statistics show how important forests are for helping the financial sustainability of local communities. In West Africa, for example, 80 per cent of local women’s income comes from harvesting and processing shea fruit. The plant provides vegetable fat, which is widely used in the production of chocolate and cosmetics. further identifies a variation of forestry as a practical way to increasing harvest yields in developing countries. The method is called agroforestry, and it combines planting trees on the same land as agricultural crops. Some tree species, such as Sesbania sesban, Tephrosia vogelii and Faidherbia albida, act as natural fertilisers. They cover the soil with nitrogen-rich leaves and enhance its fertility while at the same time preserve moisture in the soil. Other trees provide a shade for plants in hot and dry climates, helping them endure prolonged drought seasons.

Standing trees are also known to sequester carbon dioxide. suggests that by taking advantage of forests and their carbon offset capacity, local communities can benefit from revenue generated by selling carbon credit -- certified tradable units, which quantify the greenhouse gas (GHG) reducing potential of a particular forest.

With the wide variety of benefits that forests offer, these projects are a compatible alternative to other commonly used practices aimed to fight famine. Therefore, urges policymakers and international organisations to give adequate attention and allocate sufficient resources to stimulate forestry initiatives in the world’s poorest communities.

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