Ecuador's Amazon forest included in the second phase of a global project for sustainable forest management

The Forest and Farm Facility will empower forest and farm producers to achieve sustainable development, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation

October 26, 2018
- Ecuador is one of seven countries that will take part in the second phase of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a global initiative that seeks to promote sustainable management through the strengthening of agricultural and forestry organizations.

The first phase of the Forests and Farm Facility (FFF) was carried out between 2012 and 2017 with the participation of ten countries and achieved great results: more than 900 organizations of forest and farm producers (FFPOs) participated, 279 business plans were elaborated, 51 public policy platforms established and 33 policies reformed.

The second phase now begins in Ecuador, Bolivia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Viet Nam, and Zambia, with an initial budget of about USD 16 million, which is possible thanks to international donors, including Sweden, which has guaranteed a five-year commitment to the program.

In Ecuador, the Forests and Farm facility seeks to build and share best practices, knowledge and experiences, through the exchange of information, communication and other learning products. This approach will be carried out with producers’ organizations, who will participate in an open call process, as agents of change, to be recipients of international donations to strengthen their capacities. These investments will allow them to catalyze production processes, value-added processing, distribution, commercialization and consumption; regarding knowledge and management of natural resources and principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

The project, which will run for four years, is starting in October 2018, and will contribute to improving and strengthening ventures of local organizations, increasing their access to markets and financing, through equitable value chains and business development services, with an intergenerational, intercultural and gender cross-cutting approach.

Another of the effective components of this project deals with optimizing mitigation, adaptation and resilience services to climate change at the territorial level, through access to better environmental technical knowledge and integration with inclusive livelihoods approaches.

The launching of this important initiative in Ecuador took place in the city of Tena, in the province of Napo with the participation of local actors, provincial authorities and the Ministry of Environment and Water; as well as international partner organizations.

“This launch event will not only showcase FFF’s successful approach to the FFF phase II, to strengthen producer organizations so they may better support producers, but it’s also an excellent way of stimulating discussion around strategies and approaches — including strengthened entrepreneurship, access to markets and to finance — that are necessary to ensure success in Phase II”, said Jhony Zapata, regional coordinator, Forest and Farm Facility.

On his part, Alfredo López, Undersecretary of Natural Heritage of the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, said that this project is emblematic for the country, since it will be the producers themselves who will promote business plans that strengthen ventures and access to financial resources, with an environmentally ethical business vision, taking advantage of the biodiversity of the Amazon in a sustainable manner.

The project is expected to have an initial impact on at least 1,500 rural Napo families and once implemented will constitute a base development model to be replicated at the national level. John Preissing, FAO Representative in Ecuador, called for the continuation of the implementation of these projects that allow us to respond to the challenge of guaranteeing food security and the development of communities, without compromising the conservation of resources in forest territories.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and AgriCord are also part of this initiative and have requested FAO's technical assistance for implementation in more than eleven countries worldwide, prioritizing Ecuador for the important advances in its forest management programs.

Forest and Farm Facility (FFF)

The Forest and Farm Facility responds to the enormous potential of forestry and farm producers, concentrating on Forest and Farm Producers' Organizations (FFPOs), which represent small producers, rural women's groups, local communities and indigenous peoples' institutions.

A key feature of this project is the recognition of the fundamental role of social organizations, from the smallest, to producers with experience and technical knowledge; contributing to stimulate rural innovation to diversify forestry and agricultural systems; with high potential to expand successful practices of forest management and land use.

The Forest and Farm Facility also finances agreements and is built on the following pillars:

  • Strengthen smallholders, women, communities and indigenous producer organizations in their businesses, livelihoods and participation in policies.
  • Catalyze policy platforms with actors from multiple sectors in conjunction with governments, at local and national levels.
  • Link local voices and provide knowledge to allow them to position themselves in a global context through participatory processes, communication and information exchange.

The Forest and Farm Facility promotes intersectoral coordination and increases the organization and training of local actors for promotion, livelihoods and resilient landscapes.

last updated:  Tuesday, October 30, 2018