Although forests, trees and agroforestry make enormous contributions to FSN, these contributions are not widely appreciated. This part of the session describes some of these essential contributions and their implications. We will review some of the latest evidence from FTA and partners on such things as: how agroforestry can be used to diversify seasonal food production and improve diets in rural developing communities, how working with communities to enhance agrobiodiversity is resulting in better diets, how forests are used by many communities in different parts of the world to provide nutrient rich foods, how forests provide ecosystem services – water regulation, soil fertility and conservation, pollination, temperature regulation – that support food production, and how many of these important functions are put at risk due to deforestation. We will also hear voices from people in landscapes around the world about what some of these contributions really mean in peoples’ everyday lives.Finally, this session will discuss with participants what, fully acknowledging these many contributions, could mean for practices and policies across a range of stakeholders.
Main session: Contribution of Forests, Trees and Agroforestry to sustainable Food Security and Nutrition in a time of crisis