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