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State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO

State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO | Agroforestry, Forestry, Agriculture | Scoop.it

Across the world, forests, trees on farms, and agroforestry systems play a crucial role in the livelihoods of rural people by providing employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services. They have tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and to a greener economy. Yet, clear evidence of this has been lacking. This evidence is critical to inform policies on forest management and use, and to ensure that the benefi ts from forests are recognized in the post-2015 development agenda, not only with respect to the environment, but also for their contributions to broader social issues.

This edition of State of the World’s Forests addresses this knowledge gap by systematically gathering and analysing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.


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The research being undertaken by World Agroforestry Centre and the CGIAR's Research Programme for Forests, Trees, Agroforestry (CRP6) is precisely to address this gap.

 

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Luz Marina Alvare's curator insight, June 24, 2014 9:56 AM

Addresses the contribution of forests to food security and health:

1) provision of woodfuel to cook (food security) and sterilize water

2) value of forest services, such as erosion protection and pollination

 

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State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO

State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests | FAO | Agroforestry, Forestry, Agriculture | Scoop.it

Across the world, forests, trees on farms, and agroforestry systems play a crucial role in the livelihoods of rural people by providing employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services. They have tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and to a greener economy. Yet, clear evidence of this has been lacking. This evidence is critical to inform policies on forest management and use, and to ensure that the benefi ts from forests are recognized in the post-2015 development agenda, not only with respect to the environment, but also for their contributions to broader social issues.

This edition of State of the World’s Forests addresses this knowledge gap by systematically gathering and analysing available data on forests’ contributions to people’s livelihoods, food, health, shelter and energy needs. Crucially, the report also suggests how information might be improved and policies adjusted, so that the socioeconomic benefits from forests can be enhanced in the future.


Via Luz Marina Alvare
AfriFem's insight:

The research being undertaken by World Agroforestry Centre and the CGIAR's Research Programme for Forests, Trees, Agroforestry (CRP6) is precisely to address this gap.

 

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Luz Marina Alvare's curator insight, June 24, 2014 9:56 AM

Addresses the contribution of forests to food security and health:

1) provision of woodfuel to cook (food security) and sterilize water

2) value of forest services, such as erosion protection and pollination

 

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(EN) - Glossary for Agroforestry | Peter Huxley and Helen van Houten, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry

(EN) - Glossary for Agroforestry | Peter Huxley and Helen van Houten, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry | Agroforestry, Forestry, Agriculture | Scoop.it

"agroforestry - A dynamic, ecologically based natural resources management system that, through the integration of trees in farmland and rangeland, diversifies and sustains production for increased social, economic and environmental benefits for land users at all levels.

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Agroforestry, the intercropping of woody and non-woody plants, although age-old in practice, has now established itself as a new science. This field of study draws its terminology from a range of scientific disciplines. Whether as scientists or practitioners, those involved need to communicate easily and precisely. There is, therefore, a need to comprehend the range of terms that are in common usage, whether these are derived from agriculture, horticulture, forestry, ecology, soil science or some other cognate discipline. For example, foresters use terms to describe the replanting areas of young transplants as 'beating up', 're-enforcement planting', 'filling' (or 'infilling'), 'gapping' or 'recruiting'. Horticulturists talk about 'pricking out' when they mean transplanting very young seedlings into a seedbox or small container; ecologists have several ways of using the word 'niche', all with different definitions and all useful in describing particular agroforestry situations, and ..."


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Climate-smart agriculture success stories from farming communities around the world | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security- 2013-11

Climate-smart agriculture success stories from farming communities around the world | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security- 2013-11 | Agroforestry, Forestry, Agriculture | Scoop.it

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Ciheam-Bari FTN Press-Review's curator insight, January 7, 2014 8:40 AM

To ensure a food-secure future, farming must become climate resilient. Around the world, governments and communities are adopting innovations that are improving the lives of millions while reducing agriculture’s climate footprint. These successful examples show the many ways climate-smart agriculture can take shape, and should serve as inspiration for future policies and investments.

PublisherCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)Citation

Neate P. 2013. Climate-smart agriculture success stories from farming communities around the world. Wageningen, Netherlands: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

 

Read more: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/climate-smart-agriculture-success-stories-farming-communities-around-world#.UswC9_ssw6x

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World's Farms Have More Tree Cover Than Believed: World Agroforestry Centre

World's Farms Have More Tree Cover Than Believed: World Agroforestry Centre | Agroforestry, Forestry, Agriculture | Scoop.it
Agroforestry plot in Ethiopia. Photo: Trees for the Future via flickr.

If planted systematically on farms, trees could improve resilience of farmers by providing them with food and income. For example, when crops and livestock fail, trees withstand drought conditions and allow people to hold over until the next season.What trees essentially provide farmers is choice. Choice of enterprise, choice of market, choice for diversification, choice for low labor requirement, choice for multiple function.

Developing country farmers are spoilt for choice. Whilst Western Europe has some 250 native tree species and North America has a larger set of 600 trees species--the developing tropics has a staggering 50,000 tree species to manage and utilize. The priority is to find the right tree for the right place for the right use.

 

 

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/worlds-farms-have-more-tree-cover-than-believed-world-agroforestry-centre.html


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Atlas of African agriculture research & development - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Atlas of African agriculture research & development - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) | Agroforestry, Forestry, Agriculture | Scoop.it

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CGIAR Climate's curator insight, July 1, 2014 3:39 AM

The work of agricultural researchers and development workers in Africa has the potential to significantly improve the lives of the poor. But that potential can only be realized with easy access to high-quality data and information. The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development highlights the ubiquitous role of smallholder agriculture in Africa; the many factors shaping the location, nature, and performance of agricultural enterprises; and the strong interdependencies among farming, natural-resource stocks and flows, and the well-being of the poor. This work was supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries

How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries | Agroforestry, Forestry, Agriculture | Scoop.it
Caspar van Vark: Agroforestry has multiple benefits, it's important that they are raised in food security debates so that they can reach their potential (RT @SIANIAgri: How #agroforestry can improve #foodsecurity in developing countries?
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Luisa Fernanda Casas Herrera's curator insight, April 8, 2014 12:09 PM

Agroforestería - la integración de árboles y arbustos con cultivos y sistemas de producción ganadera - tiene un fuerte potencial para abordar los problemas de la inseguridad alimentaria en los países en desarrollo. Los Sistemas Agroforestales tienen múltiples beneficios, es importante que se plantearan en los debates de seguridad alimentaria, para que puedan alcanzar su potencial en los países en desarrollo.