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Regional and Global Programmes

The FFF supports apex organisations and collaborative efforts by forest and farm producer organizations at regional and international levels by offering grants that enable local stakeholders to strengthen their organisations and effectively pursue their strategies and by bringing technical supports.

Call for proposal for regional and global organizations

The Forest and Farm Facility is looking for apex regional (i.e. present in more than one country) and global forest and farm producers’ organizations, or consortia of such organizations, to collaborate with and support. This round of grants will focus on ways organizations can improve their service delivery to their national or local members.

We are looking for proposals that show how the regional/global organization will support their members in:

  •  Promoting or influencing for more inclusive governance and cross-sectorial processes
  • Improving their capacity for increased entrepreneurship, access to markets and finance, and business development services
  •  Improving delivery of landscape scale mitigation, adaptation and resilience for climate change
  •  Enhancing their capacity for improved and equitable access to social and cultural services.

The grants will be up to USD 75,000  for one year. There will be one grant for a regional organization based in Africa, one in Asia and one in Latin America. In addition, there will be one grant for an international association representing indigenous peoples.

The Forest and Farm Facility will only consider international or regional (i.e. active in more than one country) smallholder, women, community and Indigenous Peoples networks, or alliances of forest forums, forest and farm producer organisations, associations or forest user groups as eligible.

Deadline for submission of proposals is June 1st 2019 and proposals should be submitted to Pauline.BUFFLE@iucn.org.

Need to link local voices and learning to global processes

Many regional and international organisations, networks and alliances — forest forums, producer organisations, associations and forest user groups — have been established across the globe to provide open and free space for local forest and farm managers to interact with decision makers, share experiences and facilitate local forest and farm investment. However, these regional and international global “apex” organisations have struggled to make an impact through institutional representation to improve governance and policies, such as those on food security, poverty reduction, forest management, biodiversity and climate change, that respond to smallholder, women, community and Indigenous Peoples priorities. The recent boost to forest funding, especially through climate change financing mechanisms, can enhance the ability of these local people to influence policymaking in order to make those local forest and farm investments work. This requires an improved two-way flow of information: to get local voices heard in regional and global decision-making arenas, and regional and global decisions disseminated to local people. Strengthening these regional and global apex organisations and regional and global initiatives of forest and farm producers organizations would help facilitate improved information flows in both directions.

How will the grants build capacities of "apex" organizations?

Finding the resources to build the capacity and effectiveness of these organisations is a big challenge for their regional and global outreach, particularly given the need to link across many nations in both the north and south, and to establish credible representation through attaining a broad membership of diverse regional and international organizations. This funding will strengthen the capacity of these organisations to enhance livelihoods, well-being and sustainable management by: 

  • Linking the many national and various international networks that represent forest rights-holders to pursue a shared agenda;
  • Ensuring local reality is taken into account in global and regional decision making;
  • Disseminating global and regional decisions locally;
  • Sharing of the vast pool of knowledge and experience among local forest and farm producers to help shape international and national policies and actions.