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Conservation Research Institute



My MPhil and PhD research engages with how wild food knowledges in a given context can be harnessed for sustainable food security. Wild foods are those which are neither cultivated or purchased, but caught or collected, and are a key component of diets for some forest-dependent communities. This research will help assess the extent to which food security strategies might yield positive nutrition and health outcomes, while building on locally appropriate knowledge systems in relation to wild foods to inform effective interventions.


Forest and tree-based systems are a significant source of micronutrient-rich uncultivated foods, including bush-meat, insects, fruits, leaves and seeds, for millions of people worldwide. Supporting the consumption of uncultivated foods in forest-proximate communities could help achieve food security and nutritionally-diverse diets, but data are scarce on the nutritional and epidemiological effects of such diets. My PhD research uses insights from geography and epidemiology to examine possible alternative nutritional strategies that build on locally appropriate knowledge systems in relation to uncultivated foods, and that might inform effective food security and health interventions that exist in harmony with conservation efforts.

Postgraduate student in Epidemiology and Geography

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