Poverty and food security
Worldwide millions of people are directly dependent on the forest for their income. Often the money they earn with selling fruits, honey, rattan and other forest products at the local market is their only source of cash, enabling them to send their children to school. The forest also serves as a safety net in times of scarcity, for instance when a farmer’s harvest fails due to drought or floods. During such a crisis, the possibility to collect products from the forest prevents families from suffering hunger or slipping further into poverty.
In recent years, there has been increasing attention for the negative impact of deforestation on the health and food security of local communities. The forest provides numerous food products and medicinal plants that people collect for daily use. Research conducted in various countries shows that forest products such as fruits, nuts, mushrooms and game play an important role in supplementing local diets with micronutrients essential for good health. In addition, forests also support agriculture. They are responsible for the recycling of nutrients, they help to counter erosion and floods, and they serve as the habitat for insects that pollinate agricultural crops.
Rich Forests is committed to maintaining and enhancing the crucial role that forests play, both directly and indirectly, for people’s food security. More about our method.