SNAPP TEAM:Food and Forests in Africa
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What interventions can help governments deliver on both food production and forest conservation targets, as well as provide more equitable distribution of the benefits?

Food demand in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to triple by 2050. As countries in this region attempt to meet this growing demand, they are placed in a challenging position through the lens of sustainable development. Conversion to agriculture is the primary driver of deforestation, meaning that Sub-Saharan African countries face conflicting commitments to UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 (ending hunger) and 15 (protect terrestrial ecosystems).


OUR APPROACH: The project aims to address agricultural expansion as a driver of deforestation and biodiversity loss in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on governance and political economy as drivers. Working in Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania and building on previous efforts by the International Institute for Environment and Development, this group combines spatial and political economy analyses to better reconcile these competing goals.

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenge: Food Security and Nature
  • Greater coherence of sectoral policies and strategies for food production and forest conservation, national civil society organisations 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
Phil Franks
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Albert Katako
Civic Response
Anne Trainor
The Nature Conservancy
Barbara Adolph
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Bhaskar Vira
University of Cambridge
Casey Ryan
University of Edinburgh
Charles Meshack
Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
Dora Neina
University of Ghana
Ezra Berkhout
Netherlands Environmental Agency
Florence Agyei
Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana
Habte Kassa
Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Hambulo Ngoma
Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute
Jacob Mwitwa
Copperbelt University
Joseph Tobias
Imperial College
Lucy Magembe
The Nature Conservancy
Marieke Sassen
Wageningen University; World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Monica Zurek
University of Oxford
Peter Minang
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Rachel Carmenta
University of Cambridge
Tagel Gebrehiwot
Ethiopian Development Research Institute
Tim Thomas
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Unai Pasual
Foundation for Science, Basque Centre for Climate Change
Yigremachew Seyoum
UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Ethiopia
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