Changing landscapes, changing diets: The impact of oil palm on nature’s pantry

A look at forest food diets in the face of plantation expansion

Local women in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province harvest nanas Bogor - pineapple - from local forests. Icaro Cooke Vieira, CIFOR
16 October 2018

Healthy forests have long made for healthy diets, providing people with fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, medicines and clean water. Among the many other roles they play in livelihoods, forest and agroforestry landscapes are vital ‘supermarkets,’ aiding global food security in nutritious and sustainable ways.

However, as cash-crop plantations expand and forest-dependent communities gain more access to urban markets, these natural food stocks are diminishing, and packaged foods are taking the place of fresh-picked. A new Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) documentary short looks at how this is taking hold in Indonesia, where the expansion of oil palm plantations is putting traditional forest food diets in Kalimantan up to change. Watch the video above, and read more about the project on Forests News.


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