Trees for life: The Ecosystem Service Contribution of Trees to Food Production and Livelihoods in the Tropics


Forest Policy and Economics
James Reed
Josh van Vianena
Samson Foli
Jessica Clendenning
Kevin Yang
Margaret MacDonald
Gillian Petrokofsky
Christine Padoch
Terry Sunderland
15 January 2017

Despite expanding interest in ecosystem service research over the past three decades, in-depth understanding of the contribution of forests and trees to food production and livelihoods remains limited. This review synthesizes the current evidence base examining the contribution of forest and trees to agricultural production and livelihoods in the tropics, where production often occurs within complex land use mosaics that are increasingly subjected to concomitant climatic and anthropogenic pressures.