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Forest and Farm Facility

The Forest and Farm Facility provides direct financial support and technical assistance to strengthen forest and farm producer organizations representing smallholders, rural women’s groups, local communities and indigenous peoples’ institutions. Collectively, forest and farm producers have the potential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to respond to climate change at landscape scales. A partnership between FAO, IIED, IUCN and Agricord, the Forest and Farm Facility is funded by the EU through the FAO-EU FLEGT programme, Finland, Germany, IKEA, Sweden and The Netherlands.


As global leaders embrace natural climate solutions at the UN Climate Summit in New York, IIED’s research shows how to tap the potential of nature-based solutions in tackling the impacts of climate change. Read the blog written by Xiaoting Hou Jones and Hannah Reid, IIED.
The concept of value chains for the ‘basket of products’ seeks to recognize the reality of most traditional farming systems. Most family farmers, indigenous peoples and natural resource-dependent producers manage and often sell a range of different products to maintain their livelihoods and to optimize the use of different elements...
As in many African countries, Madagascar’s forests are under increasing pressure from agricultural expansion as growing populations seek to produce more food in an increasingly erratic climate. After a recent visit to the country, Duncan Macqueen reflects on how agroforestry could be a key part of a response.  Madagascar’s expanding population...
Local organisations, thriving amongst smallholders dependent on adjacent forests or trees growing on their farms, constitute perhaps the world’s biggest and most effective force for improved rural livelihoods and sustainability. They face fast changing pressures. Many are likely to find it useful to have an organisational goal of contributing to...
Indigenous peoples living in and around forests face unique challenges that FAO, working with such communities and their governments, is helping to address, as a new FAO publication released at a side event at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues-18 describes.
Global farmers affirmed the vital relevance of small-holders at the World Rural Forum in Bilbao, Spain recently, highlighting how through innovative approaches they will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals over the next ten years. Read the blog of Duncan Macqueen, principal researcher, Natural Resources research group, IIED.