Forest and Farm Facility

Web conference: Multidimensional resilience – smallholder producers managing risks

9-11 June, 10:00-16:00 (GMT+3)

How to ensure resilience of smallholder production systems in times of crisis? 

How farmers and forest producer organizations (FFPOs) maintain functionality during and after the disturbances, and mitigate potential losses in the smallholder value-chains?

What is the current and future FPPOs capacity to respond to climate hazards and non-climate stresses such as Covid-19 pandemic?  

In the face of COVID-19 smallholder farmers and forest producers face the challenge of how to balance between short term shocks and longer-term risks such as climate change. One of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis is the disruption of agricultural and forestry supply chains and a re-shuffling of actors. These critical issues will be discussed with forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) in an international web-consultation and conference organized on 9-11 June.

The event is hosted by Food and Forest Development Finland (FFD), AgriCord and the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) in collaboration with the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) and the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO). The conference includes a series of web-seminars with pre-recorded and live interactive consultations.

Objectives of the web-conference

  1. To gain understanding of FFPO responses and strategies (locally, nationally, regionally) in thriving greater resilience, with specific focus on climate change and Covid-19 responses.
  2. To engage institutional stakeholders on the agenda, increase their awareness in FFPO resilience, and to provide recommendations to these actors, and to exchange best practices and tools for increased resilience.
  3. To formulate common policy positions to promote resilient pathways to resilience, with specific focus on climate change and Covid-19. 


The conference will be in English. Participants can send pre-registered material in French and Spanish.  

Timing: 9-11 June 2020, 10:00-16:00 (GMT+3)

Place: Teams Live Event, Microsoft Teams

Pre-recorded presentations, small group live-consultations (e.g. country-specific, or regional), small panel-discussion, 2-3 hours interactive session in each conference day. 

Registration links


International web consultation and conference, 9 June

9:00 – 9:15

Welcoming words (pre-recorded)
Jeffrey Campbell, Manager, Forest and Farm Facility, FAO
Juha Marttila, President, Food and Forest Development Finland/MTK

9:15 – 9:20

Objectives and programme of the conference (pre-recorded)
Tiina Huvio, Programme Director, Food and Forest Development Finland

9:20 – 9:40

Keynote speeches (pre-recorded)
Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA)
Fatma Ben Rejeb, CEO, Pan-African Farmers' Organization (PAFO)



10:00 –10:30

Introduction to resilience (pre-recorded)
Prof. Markku Kanninen, Director of the Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI)

10:30 – 10:45

Short speeches from FFPOs (pre-recorded)
Burundi, Nepal, Tanzania, Viet Nam (tbc)

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:45

Regional consultations - 3 parallel sessions: Asia (English), Africa (English, French)
Country and regional level findings from FFPO resilience consultations
Formulation of policy positions and recommendations on climate change and covid-19

12:45 –13:00

Hannelore Beerlandt, CEO, AgriCord

International technical workshop, 10 June

9:00 – 9:15

Welcoming words (pre-recorded)
Kati Partanen, Chair, WFO women’s committee
Stefaan Bonte, Strategic Partnership Facilitator, AgriCord

9:15 – 9:45

Strength in diversity: a mosaic of services, culture and products contributing to resilience (pre-recorded)
Anna Bolin, Senior Researcher, IIED/Forest and Farm Facility


Resilience case studies from FFPOs (pre-recorded)
Kenya, Philippines, Togo, Zambia (tbc)


Review of FAO-FFF Phase II papers on resilience
Svea Senesie, Forestry Officer,  FAO/Forest and Farm Facility

11:30– 12:30



Technical workshop: Presentation of 2 tools (pre-recorded)
AgriCord Building Resilience Toolkit Part I, FOs assessing climate risks and designing adaptation
Noora Simola, Climate and Forest Expert,  Food and Forest Development Finland
FAO-FFF: Access to Climate Finance
Prof. John Kerr, Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University
Jose Díaz Díaz, Forest Producer Organizations Officer, FAO


Concepts and elements of resilience from FFPO perspective
Open discussion, including questions and answers on resilience case studies and tools
Facilitators: Sophie Grouwels, Forestry Officer,  FAO/Forest and Farm Facility
Pauline Buffle, Programme Officer, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, IUCN/ Forest and Farm Facility


Duncan Macqueen, Principal researcher and leader, IIED/Forest and Farm Facility

International web conference, 11 June

9:00 – 9:15

Welcoming words
Jeffrey Campbell, Manager, FAO/Forest and Farm Facility
Juha Marttila, President, Food and Forest Development Finland/MTK
Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary General, World Farmers’ Organisation

9:15 – 9:45

Managing risks and maintaining functionality of the smallholder production systems at times of crisis
Summary of AgriCord and FAO-FFF findings on smallholder resilience
Duncan Macqueen, Principal researcher and leader, IIED/Forest and Farm Facility
Farmers and forest producers organisations’ (FFPOs) mitigating risks and building resilience.
Synthesis of responses and policy recommendations gathered from regional (Africa, Asia, Latin America) FFPO consultations
Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA)

9:45 – 10:00

Comment speech (pre-recorded)
Satu Santala, Director General, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Department for Development Policy

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:45

Panel discussion 1: International responses to support resilience in short- and long-term shocks and stresses - how to engage farmers and their organizations?

  • Arif Husain, Chief Economist, WFP
  • Hannelore Beerlandt, CEO, AgriCord
  • Adriano Campolina, Senior Policy Officer, FAO
  • Elizabeth Nsimadala, President, PAFO
  • Paul Winters, Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD
  • Carla Montesi, Director/Planet and Prosperity, EU Devco

Moderator: Jeffrey Campbell, Manager, FAO/Forest and Farm Facility
Questions and answers related to the panel discussion

11:45 – 12:20

Panel Discussion 2: (pre-recorded)
Covid-19 affecting forest producers and forest value-chains in Africa, Asia and Europe

  • Ellen Alfsen, Norwegian Forest Owners’ Federation
  • Satu-Marja Tenhiälä, MTK
  • Charles Nyanjui, Farm forestry smallholders producers association of Kenya
  • Jog Raj Giri, Association of Family Forest Owners, Nepal

Moderator: Antti Sahi, Chair, International Family Forestry Alliance


Comment speech (pre-recorded)
Petri Sarvamaa, MEP, Rapporteur on the European Parliament´s Own-Initiative Report on the new EU Forest Strategy

12:30 – 13:15

Case study from Vietnam: (pre-recorded)
Presentations on national policy framework and farmers organizations: Supporting resilience of farmers and forest producers in Viet Nam


  • Dr. Tran Lam Dong, Vietnam Academy of Forest Science
  • Dr. Le Van Binh, VN Forest - Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Vu Le Y Voan, Vietnam Farmer’s Union
  • Ngo Sỹ Hoai, Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association
  • Dr. Pham Thi Hong Yen, VCA's International Cooperation Department

Moderators: Hoang Van Long, Vietnam Cooperative Alliance, Chi Bui, (FFD)

13:15 – 13:30

Tiina Huvio, Programme Director, Food and Forest Development Finland
Jeffrey Campbell, Manager, FAO/Forest and Farm Facility