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Webinar

Why eat wild meat? Insights from Africa and lessons for COVID-19 responses

Date: Wednesday, 4 August, 2021
Where: Online
Woman stirs a long stick in a pan on a fireplace made of stone

Woman cooking with improved fireplace in household in Bertoua, East Cameroon. The Why eat wild meat' project focuses on the Dja Faunal Reserve in southeast Cameroon (Photo: Emily Pinna/CIFOR via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This IIED Debates on Wednesday, 4 August explored why people eat wild meat and how to design interventions that can help improve sustainability and safety.

Unsustainable hunting and consumption of wild meat is a known driver of biodiversity loss and can also have implications for public health. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a call for a total ban on wild meat trade and consumption.

Yet millions of people across the globe depend on wild meat as an important contribution to food security.

In many rural areas, wild meat is the key source of protein in peoples’ diet and so preventing its consumption would pose a major threat to their livelihoods and wellbeing. It is therefore critical to improve understanding of why people eat wild meat, in order to design interventions that can help improve sustainability and safety.

Contact

Juliette Tunstall (juliette.tunstall@iied.org) is IIED's internal engagement and external events officer