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?