A view across the Hadza Hills in the Central Rift Valley, Tanzania. © Nick Hall

Working Group:
Food and Forests in Africa

Food demand in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is expected to nearly triple by 2050. This puts the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2 (ending hunger) and 15 (protect terrestrial ecosystems) at odds, as conversion to agriculture to satisfy growing domestic food demand is the primary driver of deforestation in many countries in SSA. Working in Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania and building on previous work by the International Institute for Environment and Development, this group combines spatial and political economy analysis to better reconcile these competing goals.

Key question: What interventions can help governments deliver on both food production and forest conservation targets and better manage the inevitable risks and tradeoffs?

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Working Group Goals

  • Greater coherence of sectoral policies and strategies for food production and forest conservation, national civil society organizations are informing policy, strategies and practice around the competition between food production and forest conservation.
  • Key regional and global multilateral agencies that support the agriculture sector, forest conservation and associated land use planning, give more emphasis to the competition between food production and forest conservation in order to better manage related risks and trade-offs.

 Food and Forests in Africa

The Team

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