Forest and Farm Producer Organizations: Operating Systems for the SDGs Evidence is growing that farm and forest producer organizations are at the heart of sustainable rural development, because it is only through organized groups that locally-controlled forestry can be scaled up to meet growing global demand for forest products, including environmental services and non-timber items. Forest and farm producer organizations can have a unique role in delivering the SDGs worldwide: although they are ‘merely’ local organizations they are capable of contributing to universal goals. Many SDG targets have direct or indirect links to forests and landscapes (particularly under SDG 15, Life on land), but producer organizations also contribute to other SDGs as well. The SDGs provide the framework for this publication, and we have chosen seven of them as being of particular importance. The main focus is on ways in which producer organizations lead to direct SDG benefits, but many indirect benefits also spring from improved livelihoods and decision-making. [more]
Forest and Farm Facility factsheet: Achieving more together - empowered forest and farm producer organizations Getting organized puts smallholders in charge. Through farmers groups, cooperatives and networks, forest and farm producers can help each other not only through marketing advantages and access to finance, but also through the exchange of knowledge and experiences, increased bargaining power, and a stronger voice in national decision-making. The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) works at national level to strengthen producer organizations for smallholders, women, communities and indigenous peoples in order to improve business, livelihoods and policy engagement . At regional and global level, the FFF works to help forest and farm producer organizations play a more strategic role by linking local voices and learning to global processes. [more]
Forest and Farm Facility factsheet: Organized forest-farm producers mitigate climate change through adaptive resilience Climate mitigation programmes and finance mechanisms like Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) must engage millions of forest farmers if they are to halt deforestation and restore forest landscapes. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been committed to the design of REDD+ strategies, monitoring, reporting and verification systems. But there is still a huge gap in channelling funds to rural actors to lead the response to climate change – in part because nobody is supporting the organisations that have been set up by those actors to make such responses possible. The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) is working to link forest and farm producer organizations with governments and REDD+ and other climate change programmes to make landscape restoration and an end to deforestation a reality. [more]
Forest and Farm Facility factsheet: Local voices speaking together for global change Small forest and farm producers manage a third of the world’s forests. Together, these smallholder families, indigenous people and local communities are the world’s largest investors in forests. They are key to sustainable forest and farm management and have a critical role to play in the success of global concerns such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), climate change adaptation and green growth. Yet all too often their voices go unheard. Through its support to national, regional and global forest and farm producer organizations, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) works to ensure the needs and concerns of small forest and farm producers are heard and recognized at global levels. In 2015, the FFF brought together representatives of forest and farm producer organizations from across the world to speak out at the largest forestry event of the decade, the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa. [more]
Forest and Farm Facility factsheet: Forest and farm producer organizations improve income and access to markets One of the greatest challenges for forest and farm producers is that they tend to be marginalized from markets and decision-making powers. They live in remote areas, are dispersed over larger areas, and often find it difficult to access markets and information. For these reasons they are often exploited by middlemen who capture the main share of benefits from natural resources and trade. Reducing poverty is a key focus of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), which is helping farmers to access information, analyze the market and develop business plans. Empowering forest and farm producers in this way is key to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [more]
Forest and Farm Facility factsheet: Forest and farm producers working together to improve policy and secure tenure As the largest rural private sector, forest and farm producers are the primary actors in rural transformation and sustainable development. They possess knowledge and experience essential to shaping effective successful policies and actions. Through its support to local and national producer organizations, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) is working to ensure forest and farm producers are involved in national decision-making processes that impact their livelihoods and the sustainable management of forests, in turn helping to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2015 this support led to major changes in policy in Guatemala and the Gambia that will have a significant impact on the lives of many. [more]
Regenerating forests and livelihoods in Nepal - A new lease on life This book seeks to capture the leasehold forestry experience, with a special focus on the Leasehold Forestry and Livestock Programme, which has been a critical part of the leasehold forestry experience in Nepal. It will describe the origins and evolution of the various leasehold forestry programmes and projects that have been launched in the country, as well as their objectives, components and activities, and concrete outcomes and impacts. However, it will also emphasize the story behind the numbers and the individual lives that were impacted by the initiatives. Testimonies are a strong element of the book, as they reveal the on-the-ground results of the leasehold forestry experience: What was successful and why? Why did some things work well and others not? Testimonies come from programme, project and government staff and, most importantly, the farmers themselves. [more]
Forest and landscape restoration in Asia-Pacific forests The need for restoring forests is increasing in the Asia-Pacific region considering the extensive areas of degraded forests and lands. In this context, a new approach, called forest landscape restoration (FLR) is currently being promoted widely. FLR is an innovative approach that integrates forest restoration work with other activities across the landscape for achieving optimum productivity, both in commercial and ecological terms. However, practitioners are not fully aware of the concept behind the approach. With a view to strengthening FLR approaches in the region, the FAO Regional Office for Asia-Pacific and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) undertook a multi-country study to review the status of forest and land degradation, restoration approaches commonly used and the policy and institutional environments which can support the introduction of FLR approaches in the region. [more]
Sustainable financing for forest and landscape restoration More than USD 300 billion are needed per year to restore the world’s degraded land in order to achieve a new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target by 2030, according to a new publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. The joint discussion paper was launched at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, December 2015. [more]
Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity For millions of people living in mountainous areas, hunger and the threat of hunger are nothing new. Harsh climates and the difficult, often inaccessible terrain, combined with political and social marginality make mountain peoples vulnerable to food shortages. One in three mountain people in developing countries is facing hunger and malnutrition. This study presents an updated geographic and demographic picture of the world’s mountain areas and assesses the vulnerability to food insecurity of mountain dwellers in developing countries, based on a specially designed model. The final section presents an alternative and complementary approach to assessing hunger by analyzing household surveys. The results show that the living conditions of mountain dwellers have continued to deteriorate in the last decade. Global progress and living standard improvements do not appear to have made their way up the mountains and many mountain communities lag way behind the full eradication of poverty and hunger. This publication gives voice to the plight of mountain people and sends a message to policy-makers on the importance of including mountain development in their agendas as well as specific measures and investments that could break the cycle of poverty and hunger of mountain communities and slow outmigration from mountain areas. [more]
The Forests of the Congo Basin - State of the Forest 2013 Published by the Observatoire des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale, this new edition of the State of the Forest represents the collaborative effort of over 150 individuals from a diversity of institutions and the forestry administrations of the Central African countries. Financial contributions from the European Union, Norway, the United States of America, Germany, France, Canada and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations must also be acknowledged. [more]
Youth Guide to Forests Published by the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance, a partnership between United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and other groups working with children and young people, this Guide explores forests from the equator to the frozen poles and the depths of the rainforest to the mountain forests at high altitudes. At the end of the Guide, inspiring examples of youth-led initiatives are provided, and an easy-to-follow action plan helps develop forest conservation activities and projects. Publication coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Convention on Biological Diversity. [more]
Rewarding the service providers: a policy brief Co-published with ITTO, this policy brief raises awareness among policymakers and the general public about the vital role of tropical forests in providing environmental services and the increasing need for beneficiaries to compensate forest owners or managers for those services. The brief builds on the insights gained at the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, which was held in San José, Costa Rica, in April 2014. It sets out the rationale for, and the constraints faced by, PES schemes, and key recommendations for scaling them up. [more]
Assessing forest governance: A practical guide to data collection, analysis and use This guide presents a step-by-step approach to planning forest governance assessment or monitoring, collecting data, analyzing it, and making the results available to decision makers and other stakeholders. It also presents five case studies to illustrate how assessment or monitoring initiatives have applied the steps in practice, and it includes references and links to many sources of further information. Published with PROFOR. [more]
Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species Restoring forest ecosystems is recognized as a key strategy for tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and desertification, and can also yield products and services that support local people’s livelihoods. The value of using native tree species in restoration is receiving growing recognition, however this requires more than just planting the right species. The genetic composition of reproductive material significantly affects the success of restoration both in the short and the long term. Highlighting the key role of native tree species across a diversity of ecosystems and areas from around the world, this publication provides guidance to policymakers and practitioners. The study was coordinated by Bioversity International as input to FAO’s first report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources. [more]
Strengthening forest tenure systems and governance: Training module for facilitators Under the framework of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land,Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) which were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012, and based on the forest tenure reform guidelines developed by FAO in 2011, this training module will provide practical guidance for people involved in forest tenure reforms and those reflecting on the effectiveness of existing tenure systems. Published jointly by FAO and RECOFTC. [more]
Manual for building tree volume and biomass allometric equations Jointly published by FAO and the French research centre CIRAD, the Manual for building tree volume and biomass allometric equations is the first tool to provide all the necessary information from the field up to the biomass estimation. The appropriate development and use of the tree allometric equations are particularly important when assessing forest carbon stocks and carbon stock changes. This will help national policymakers to make informed decisions regarding bioenergy development and climate change mitigation activities. [more]
Securing the future of mangroves This policy brief is largely based on the World Atlas of Mangroves (2010) which provides a wealth of knowledge on the ecology, biodiversity, distribution, economic value, and management status of mangroves around the world. The aim of this policy brief is to provide managers with lessons learned on the conservation and management of mangroves, and recommend policy measures that could be taken in order to protect them. [more]
Guide to investing in locally controlled forests Locally controlled forests involve one billion people and one quarter of the world’s forests, providing $75 – $100 billion per year in goods and services and a broad range of other economic, environmental, social, cultural and spiritual benefits. This guide is an outcome of the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative, supported by the FAO, IIED, IUCN, TFD and the World Bank. It is a primarily a tool for practical action – providing guidance on how to structure enabling investments and prepare the ground for asset investments that yield acceptable returns and reduced risk, not only for investors, but also for local forest right-holders, national governments and society at large [more]
Strength in Numbers: Effective forest producer organizations Forest producer organizations can be highly effective agents of poverty reduction through their advocacy and economic roles. Given the increasing amount of forest land now managed and controlled by individuals and communities, there is a need to strengthen cooperation in terms of forest products and services. Published by FAO, the Forest & Farm Facility and AgriCord with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, this publication presents a wide range of country examples of how forest farmers have organized themselves and the lessons drawn so far. [more]

last updated:  Wednesday, October 5, 2011