XV World Forestry Congress

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Wild Foods and the Way Forward: Insights from South and Southeast Asia


Forests are regarded for their ecosystem benefits and provision of resources, one of which is food. An important yet often overlooked aspect is the role of forests for food, particularly wild food, in ensuring food security and resilience in the face of climate change, challenges to tenure, forest degradation and deforestation. This is mostly due to lack of access to information on the nutritive values of forest foods and the array of available edible food from the wild.

This poster presentation presents insights, lessons and recommendations gathered from the discussion series of the SIANI Expert Group on Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood held virtually last June to September 2020. These sessions were participated in by multi-stakeholder actors coming from civil society, grassroots organizations, and academic and research institutions from South and Southeast Asia. The poster will include session highlights on wild foods in relation to tenure systems, traditional knowledge and practices, biodiversity and livelihoods.

The discussion series organized by the NTFP-EP Asia and SIANI is an example of how information and knowledge on forest foods are shared and communicated through a multi-stakeholder platform on a regional scale. It is a way to consolidate lessons and insights grounded on experiences through knowledge exchange, with the aim of deepening the understanding of the value of forests for food and the role of people who manage these resources.

Recommendations towards a more enabling policy and environment for forests for people and inclusive conservation are proposed. The future of wild foods rests on healthy forests which guarantees the well-being of not just forest-dependent communities, but also humanity as a whole. Wild foods conservation, rehabilitation and learning exchanges may offer us a way forward in building a healthy and resilient future with forests.


San Jose, Diana O.1; Pinto, Eufemia Felisa1


1. Programs, NTFP-EP Asia, Quezon City, NCR, Philippines.

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Asia and the Pacific




ST 5: Managing and communicating forest information and knowledge

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