CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Wild meat

Wild meat

CIFOR-ICRAF and partners are mapping the path to a sustainable wild meat sector across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Millions of people around the world use wild animals for food, medicine and income. But because wild meat, or ‘bushmeat’ as it’s called, is considered illegal in most countries, its impact on biodiversity and human health is often overlooked – and under-researched. 

Through its Bushmeat Research Initiative and as a member of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management and the Sustainable Wildlife Management consortium, CIFOR-ICRAF is influencing policy decision-making around wildlife conservation worldwide. 

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Amy Ickowitz

Senior Scientist

Wild meat: Fast facts

More than 500 vertebrate species are used for wild meat worldwide
Wild meat accounts for up to 80% of the protein intake of people in Central Africa


Sources: Interlinkages between desertification, land degradation, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes: Synergies, trade-offs and integrated response options, IPCC;Agroforestry boosts soil health in the humid and sub-humid tropics: A meta-analysis, Muchane MN et al

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