Forests, trees and the eradication of poverty: potential and limitations

Governments should prioritize sustainable management of forests amid their huge contribution to poverty eradication, food security, and climate resilience, says a report. The report titled, "Forests, Trees and the Eradication of Poverty: Potential and Limitations," says the vital ecosystem if properly harnessed can transform livelihoods of rural communities amid economic hardships linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence shows that forests and tree-based systems can support rural livelihoods, have a buffer function in maintaining livelihoods and represent natural insurance, says the report. The report was compiled by 22 researchers from nine countries and focused on the link between forests and poverty alleviation successes in Africa, Asia and Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic era.