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The Forest and Farm Facility team definitely feel that we have lost one of our own and will miss him deeply.  Peter was one of FFF founders. He was present at the original launch of the FFF, representing the G3 rights holders group. He had a broader vision of togetherness embodied by indigenous, community and family smallholders – the G3. He was an FFF Steering Committee member since the beginning through his affiliation to family forestry providing thoughtful guidance. He and the IFFA were close partners in a large number of events and exchanges bringing together forest and farm producer organizations to share with each other. He spoke at the highest level events including the World Forestry Congress, and our Committee on Forestry, the Conference on Deforestation and worked tirelessly with the United Nations Forum on Forests. It is hard to find photographs of major FFF events which don’t include Peter, quietly standing in the back row in the group or engaging one on one with farmers in the field.  Peter was passionate about the work of the IFFA and believed deeply in the possibilities of stronger linkages between private forest owners, community forestry groups and indigenous peoples and saw a collective potential to raise the voice of “rights holders”. As a thinker and philosopher he was a leading or co-author of a number of FFF working papers, declarations and other publications, always thinking about how to strengthen collective action and organizations. As a forest farmer he always reminded us of the practical conditions and...
As part of the “Innovative finance for sustainable landscapes” interview series, the International Institute for Environment and Development’s (IIED) Forest Team Leader Duncan Macqueen spoke with Tropenbos International’s Nick Pasiecznik on increasing finance and investment in sustainable forestry and farming for smallholders.
The first Phase of the FFF (from December 2012 to December 2017) has focused on strengthening FFPOs as a primary unit, delivering major impacts through support to 937 FFPOs on the ground in 10 countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Liberia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, The Gambia, Vietnam and Zambia.   It has also engaged with producers and their organizations and government in 25 additional countries through exchange visits, south-south cooperation, regional and global conferences and direct support to a number of regional and global federations of forest and farm producers.   FFF support has directly reached 947 FFPOs: three global, three regional, 10 national and 931 local or provincial (comprising 21-79 percent women depending on country/region) and indirect support to many hundreds more.   In total these FFPOs represent more than 30 million forest and farm producers. FFF has facilitated the establishment of (or greater FFPO representation) in 51 policy platforms at national or regional level.