Author Archives: Bhaskar Vira

Why forests matter for the Sustainable Development Goals on zero hunger

Vira-front-coverAs the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit convenes in New York this weekend to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, the contribution of forests and tree-based systems to the “Zero Hunger Challenge” needs to be recognised. About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger, with the majority living in Africa and Asia. The world’s forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests could be essential to global food security, particularly when considering the importance of diverse, nutritionally-balanced diets. Continue reading