SNAPP: Food and Forests in Africa

Principal Investigator(s): 

Phil Franks

Food demand in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to triple by 2050. This puts Sustainable Development Goals 2 (ending hunger) and 15 (protect terrestrial ecosystems) at odds as conversion to agriculture is the primary driver of deforestation. Working in Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania and building on previous efforts by the International Institute for Environment and Development, this group combines spatial and political economy analysis to better reconcile these competing goals.

The goals of the Food and Forests group are to:

  • Facilitate greater coherence of sectoral policies and strategies for food production and forest conservation, national civil society organizations are informing policy, strategies and practice around the competition between food production and forest conservation
  • Work with key regional and global multilateral agencies that support the agriculture sector, forest conservation and associated land use planning, give more emphasis to the competition between food production and forest conservation in order to better manage related risks and trade-offs

This project is supported by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) partnership, generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, Angela Nomellini and Ken Olivier, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

More information for project participants Visit the SNAPP website

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