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14/05/2013

Two Billion People Eat 1,900 Insect Species – What About You?

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome, 14 May 2013 – Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on 13 May 2013 at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May).*

A woman selling dried caterpillars in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of the Congo | FAO

A woman selling dried caterpillars in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of the Congo | FAO

Forests contribute to the livelihoods of more than a billion people, including many of the world’s neediest. Forests provide food, fuel for cooking, fodder for animals and income to buy food,” Graziano da Silva said.

“Wild animals and insects are often the main protein source for people in forest areas, while leaves, seeds, mushrooms, honey and fruits provide minerals and vitamins, thus ensuring a nutritious diet,” he added. “But forests and agroforestry systems are rarely considered in food security and land use policies.”

“Often, rural people do not have secure access rights to forests and trees, putting their food security in danger. The important contributions forests can make to the food security and nutrition of rural people should be better recognized,” Graziano da Silva said.

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