Food trees for diversified diets, improved nutrition, and better livelihoods for smallholders in East Africa

Food trees for diversified diets, improved nutrition, and better livelihoods for smallholders in East Africa

Food from trees have an important role to play in diverse diets. Food trees produce a variety of healthy, nutrient dense foods including fruits, leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and edible oils. They increase the nutritional quality of local diets, mostly due to their micronutrients (mineral and vitamins), but also macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates). In addition to their direct nutritional and food value, trees in diverse agro-ecosystems provide products (e.g., medicines, timber, fodder, fuel) and services (e.g. carbon sequestration, erosion control, watershed management, soil fertility, wild biodiversity conservation) contributing to the resilience of resource-constrained households.