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30.04.2024 | 15:00 | Geographisches Kolloquium

  • Was Geographisches Kolloquium
  • Wann 30.04.2024 von 15:00 bis 17:00
  • Wo Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum | Raum 0´307
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Einladung zum Geographischen Kolloquium


Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

am Dienstag werden wir Prof. Laura Vang Rasmussen vom Geographischen Institut der Universität Kopenhagen zu Gast haben. Laura wird über ihre Forschung im Rahmen des ERC-Projekts FORESTDIET Sprechen (Abstract siehe unten) und ich würde Euch alle hiermit ganz herzlich zum Vortrag einladen!. 

Mehr zu Laura Vang Rasmussen und ihrer Gruppe hier:


Herzliche Grüße!
Tobias Kümmerle



Wann: Dienstag, am 30.04.2024
Ort: Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum, Raum 0´307
Zeit: 15 Uhr c.t.

Titel: Reinterpreting how forests and trees support people´s dietary quality in Africa

Abstract: Current agrifood systems are failing to deliver nutritious and affordable food for all as 83% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa is unable to afford a healthy diet. Inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables is a key component of low-quality diets. Trees present a promising avenue as they can be a source of nutrient-rich fruits and leafy vegetables. In my ERC project FORESTDIET, we have examined how trees – both in forests and on farms – affect people's dietary quality in multiple African countries. We have done so using a unique approach combining broad-scale data from multiple countries with detailed in-depth work in Malawi and Tanzania. Our in-depth work resulted in a highly interdisciplinary dataset with ~1000 households combining survey data on food consumption from detailed 24-hr dietary recall surveys (conducted twice within one week) in both the dry and wet seasons, socioeconomic dimensions, forest use, and agricultural land use with mapping of tree cover in people's surroundings. In the process, we have found that rural people's diets (e.g., intake of key micronutrients such as zinc, vitamin A, and iron) benefit from having trees in their surroundings, controlling for key biophysical and social factors assumed to influence diets. In this talk, I will present the main findings from FORESTDIET. I will also discuss how the results showcase a new paradigm of promising avenues to reduce malnutrition in Africa, given that the current narrative on achieving food security is focused on intensifying production of staple crops at the expense of both environmental and human health



Prof. Dr. Tobias Kuemmerle
Conservation Biogeography
Geography Department | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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