Forests and food security, May 2013. Click image above to watch film.
Forests provide an estimated one billion people globally with nutritious foods. Their products are consumed directly by people living in and around forests and are also sold, generating income for rural populations. In this way, forests and trees on farms make a major contribution to global food security. However, they are often given too little priority in national policymaking. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) emphasizes the importance of forests and argues that, in the light of the Millennium Development Goal to reduce hunger by half by 2015, the contribution made by forests to food security and nutrition deserves urgent attention.