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. The Forest and Farm Facility launched a second call for proposal for grants at the regional and global level in July 2015.
The eligible candidates were international or regional smallholder, women, community and Indigenous Peoples networks, or alliances of forest forums, forest and farm producer organisations, associations or forest user groups.
Three grants at regional level and one grant at global level were selected in 2015:
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:
Objective of the grants
Linking local voices and learning to global processes through genuine participatory processes communication and information sharing.
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