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SDG 2. END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE


BY CHOOSING PEFC PRODUCTS 
YOU ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF FOOD FOR EVERYBODY ACROSS THE WORLD

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Global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people in 2030. This growth will be concentrated in the world’s poorest countries, where standards of living are set to rise rapidly, increasing demand for resource-intensive meat and dairy products. Therefore, it is estimated that approximately 70 percent more food will be needed by then.

If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment. But right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters, such as droughts and floods.

 

Forests & Zero Hunger

- Forests provide 76 million tonnes of food per year -

Forests contribute directly to food security by providing food and dietary diversity, supplying wood energy for cooking food and enhancing the resilience of the ecological and social systems surrounding agriculture. Foods from forests – such as leaves, seeds, nuts, fruits, mushrooms, honey, insects and wild animals – provide dietary diversity. These ‘non-wood forest products’ are especially important as the majority of the 1.6 billion forest-dependent people are poor. Income generated from non-wood forest products is estimated at USD 88 billion, although this is thought to be a substantial underestimate (FAO). Wood fuel is also important in this context, as about 2.4 billion people rely on wood fuel for cooking and water sterilization

Since trees are often more resilient to adverse weather conditions than agricultural crops, forest-based food items also serve as an important safety net in times of crisis and emergencies.

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PEFC’s contribution to SDG #2

- PEFC Non-Wood Forest Products certification contribute to food security -

PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requires that the capability of forests to produce a range of wood and non-wood forest products and services on a sustainable basis shall be maintained.

 

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PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #2:

PEFC Standard 8.3.1 In line with requirements for forest products, PEFC requires that the capability of forests to produce a range of wood and non-wood forest products and services on a sustainable basis shall be maintained.

As a pre-requisite, harvesting levels of non-wood forest products shall not exceed a rate that can be sustained in the long term. (PEFC Standard 8.3.4), thus the use of non-wood forest products, including hunting and fishing, shall be regulated, monitored and controlled (PEFC Standard 9.1.3)

The inclusion of Trees outside Forests (TOF) in our latest sustainable forest management standard makes PEFC certification accessible to the millions of farmers and smallholders that do not own or manage forests, but rather trees on agricultural or settlement land that were previously outside the scope of certification.

 

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

>> More about PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management Requirements