Forestry and farming can deliver food security, says new report

EZine Forestry Report

A report published earlier this week by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) suggests that improving co-operation between the forestry and agricultural sectors could help to improve food security as well as reducing deforestation, highlighting the successful efforts of Chile, Costa Rica, Georgia, Ghana, Vietnam, Tunisia and the Gambia. According to the FAO, integrating land-use planning is vital to balancing land uses, supported by suitable policy instruments to promote both sustainable agriculture and forests.

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The Future of Our Forests

I recently attended ‘Future Forestry’, the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Annual Conference. The speakers were excellent and covered a wide range of topics – from the changing world in forest management through to forest research in a changing climate. The presentations are all now freely available to view on the ICF website if you’d like to know more.

The conference also saw a preview of (now released) films on tree diseases from the Forestry Commission and Defra. The films focus on the threat in particular from Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae, and how we can all help to keep these organisms at bay.

More on Phytophthora from the Forestry Commission  

Links to the Phytophthora films