Nontimber Forest Benefits and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Abstract:

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is drastically reducing the agricultural workforce of sub-Saharan Africa, threatening household food security and the food supply throughout the region. Forests contribute to household nutrition and health and therefore should be considered in efforts to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS on rural agrarian households. Because little reference to forests and forest products exists in the literature concerned with the coping mechanisms of HIV/AIDS–affected households, we intend to draw attention to the importance of forest-based research in the context of these coping strategies.

Keywords: agroforestry; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nontimber forest products; nutrition; policy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Assistant Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 210 Cheatham Hall (0323), Blacksburg, VA, 24061, mbarany@vt.edu 2: Associate Professor Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 210 Cheatham Hall (0323), Blacksburg, VA, 24061 3: Research Associate Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 210 Cheatham Hall (0323), Blacksburg, VA, 24061 4: Graduate Research Assistant Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 210 Cheatham Hall (0323), Blacksburg, VA, 24061

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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