Forest and Farm Facility

Regional and Global Programmes

The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) regularly calls for proposals to support global and regional apex forest and farm producers’ organizations. In 2019, FFF focused on ways organizations can improve service delivery to their members. Three organizations (one each in Africa, Asia, and Latin America) and one global network were chosen for collaboration and awarded FFF grants by demonstrating that they:  

  • Enhance gender mainstreaming and/or support as well as youth engagement;
  • Promote or influence more inclusive governance and cross-sectorial processes;
  • Improve capacity for increased entrepreneurship, access to markets and finance, and business development services;
  • Improve delivery of landscape scale mitigation, adaptation and resilience for climate change; and/or
  • Enhance capacity for improved and equitable access to social and cultural services.

Africa

The Network of Farmers Organizations and Agricultural Producers of West Africa (ROPPA in French) brings together 147 grassroots producer organizations in 15 countries, each with its own national platform. The primary mission of ROPPA is to ensure that agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries policies are based on a family farm model that can guarantee food sovereignty.

In collaboration with FFF, ROPPA strengthens the knowledge of farmers’ organizations in sustainable forest management by recording innovative ideas and practices of selected family farms. Based on the resulting directory of innovation and good practice, dialogue and exchange workshops are organized to strengthen the knowledge of other members. 

Another of ROPPA’s objectives is to directly influence agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries policies through developing position papers and organizing discussions on the protection of forest areas in legislative arenas. 

The last component focuses on the promotion of usable or marketable forest products, which supports the protection of community forest areas. Activities around this component are organized to promote the participation of women and youth in trade fairs, and encourage exchange visits between West Africans and those in similar positions in other regions of Africa.

Asia

The Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) is an alliance of 20 national farmers’ organizations spanning 16 countries in Asia – with individual membership of around 13 million members. AFA’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of the leaders and technical staff from national farmer organizations to aid in eradicating poverty and hunger, increasing resilience, and engending a sense of well-being for family farmers. 

With FFF support, AFA will strengthen the voices and advocacy capacity of the young men and women farmer-leaders of FFPOs. AFA advocates for sustainable, resilient, gender and youth sensitive agroforestry-based livelihoods within the framework of the UN Decade on Family Farming. For example, young farmers’ committees will engage in leadership camps enabling them to  better develop Young Farmers Action Plans in ten countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan). 

Building on the above, AFA will strengthen cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder policy with better representation from young farmers’ committees from forest and farm producer organizations by organizing regional exchanges and supporting the development of communication campaigns to inform policy makers about recommendations to promote entrepreneurship among youth.

Latin America

The Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB in Spanish) is a space for coordination and exchange among ten territorial authorities that manage or influence the main forest areas of Mesoamerica. Indigenous governments and community forestry organizations in the Alliance seek to strengthen their own dialogues – focused on community management of natural resources – jointly seeking to influence governments and international cooperation so that strategies for biodiversity conservation and climate balance appropriately integrate the rights and benefits of indigenous peoples and forest communities.

In collaboration with FFF, AMPB’s Gender Commission, working in the most relevant advocacy spaces in the region, promotes policies that provide positive business environments for grassroots companies. This includes creation of financial programs and products according to the needs of local groups without discriminatory elements based on ethnicity and gender. Globally, AMPB women leaders advocate at key policy events such as UNFCCC COPs and related platforms. 

On the local level, indigenous women’s organizations engage in self-empowerment to improve their business capacities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • A new commercialization plan for Maya nut in Guatemala; 
  • Strengthening of indigenous vegetable production systems;
  • Development of a national business plan in Nicaragua; and
  • Expansion of the funds for the Emberà Women's Bank in Panama.