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Book chapter - Peer-reviewed, 2019

SDG 2: Zero Hunger – Challenging the Hegemony of Monoculture Agriculture for Forests and People

Sunderland, Terry C.H.; O’Connor, Alida; Muir, Giulia; Nerfa, Lauren; Rota Nodari, Giulia; Widmark, Camilla; Bahar, Nur; Ickowitz, Amy


Key Points • A ‘business-as-usual’ approach to food production will continue to cause mass deforestation. This is detrimental for biodiversity, consequently impacting forest-dwelling communities who depend on forests for the direct provision of food. With the loss of forests comes the loss of farreaching ecosystem services, vital for many facets of food production relied on by the wider population. • SDG 2 and five of its targets (Targets 2.1–2.5) are closely related to forests. These five targets underscore the reciprocity between forests and SDG 2. Forest biodiversity is integral for nutrition and the ability to grow and harvest diverse crops. In turn, investing in small-scale farming systems and sustainable farming techniques can help conserve forests. • If we are to achieve SDG 2 sustainably, we need a reimagined food system that does not polarise agricultural production and the conservation of forest resources. This calls for land management that promotes the maintenance of biodiversity and integrated land-use planning. This is especially evident when examining the relationship between SDG 2 and the other SDGs, most of which are concomitantly contingent on each other.


forests; food security and nutrition; SDG 2; integrated landscape management

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Book title: Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People
eISBN: 978-1-108-48699-6
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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    Globalization Studies

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