Forest foods such as wild fruits, nuts, vegetables, mushrooms and animal products contribute in many ways to global food security. They help maintain household nutrition and provide a lifeline to rural populations especially between harvests or during extreme weather events like extended droughts when food can be scarce. Yet many of these important tree species are under threat.
Bioversity International's Forest Genetic Resources team study important food tree species, looking at their sustainable use within diets, and mapping threats to species that are important for nutrition security. Understanding the combined effects of different threats on the distribution of important indigenous food tree species is essential for priority setting in conservation planning such as ex situ conservation, active regeneration and tree planting.