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Lumberjills and Lumberjacks: Building Sweden with women at the table

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“What happens to forests will be largely shaped by what happens outside of forests…” 
Linda Andersson (Policy Officer, Vi-Agroforestry)

So we know that Sweden is the country that brought us Ikea and Abba. But did you know that Sweden is also one of the world’s largest producers of timber?

Around 68% of this beautiful land is covered with lush, green, productive forests that have helped drive the growth of their economy. These forests supply the global market with 10% of its sawn timber, pulp and paper but only occupy less than 1% of commercial forest areas.

In the past, during the spring season, Swedish men spent their days in the forests logging while the women took care of the farms and the household. This led to the development of a rich culture with a variety of food products such as milk and butter as well as music and nutritional values that have been handed down for generations. Studies have shown that households headed by women have higher levels of nutrition compared to those by men.

Read the full post on the CFS blog here.

This blogpost is based on the CFS44 side event “Feminism , Forests and Food Security”

Blogpost by Renaldo C. Matamoro, #CFS44 Social Reporter – renaldo868(at)
Photo credit:  John Mark Arnold on Unsplash

This post is part of the live coverage during the 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security. This post is written by one of our social reporters, and represents the author’s views only.

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