Call for Wild Foods to Improve Food Security

Experts say that malnutrition could be greatly reduced and food security improved by ensuring improved access to wild foods

The Centre for International Research on Forests (CIFOR) says that malnutrition could be greatly reduced and food security improved by ensuring improved access to nutrient-rich forest-derived foods like berries, bushmeat, roots, insects and nuts for the world's poorest populations.

CIFOR’s nutritionist and researcher, Bronwen Powell, points out that, "I believe forest foods are particularly important for reducing malnutrition when it comes to micronutrients such as vitamin A and iron."

In the same vein, Monica Ayieko, a family and consumer economist and an edible insect researcher at Maseno University, argues that the westernisation of diets has made people to associate wild foods with poverty, adding that, “It is a pity because so many children die as a result of nutrient deficiency, yet these are abundant in wild foods."

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