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:

  • The African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests (also known as REFACOF) is a regional alliance based in Cameroon promoting land and forestry right of women. Under the FFF grant they will develop a project to promote women’s leadership and involvement in sustainable management policies by identifying and organising a platform of women stakeholders involved in agriculture and forest management and having training meetings on forestry issues for ROPPA (Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest) members. These activities will take place in Liberia, The Gambia and Cameroon.
  • The Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) is a regional alliance of 17 national federations and organisations of small scale farmers and producers from 13 countries in Asia. AFA will build on its first FFF grant to strengthen the coordination mechanisms and communication channels between AFA working group on farmers in forested landscapes and FFF partners at the national and regional levels. AFA will also continue strengthening evidence-based advocacy on social forestry, agro forestry and sustainable livelihoods at national, regional and international levels through concrete cases from local people/communities of AFA members in Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan.
  • The International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA) is an informal network of national forest owners working together to promote the development of family forestry and advocate supportive policies worldwide. With their second FFF grant, they are helping building network “database” in Latin and North America, Africa and Asia; and supporting projects in Kenya and Nepal. They are also organising an Asian regional conference on family forestry in Bangkok to develop and support national networks. They will also continue their policy work and will attend international processes such as CBD, UNFCC, etc
  • La Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB) is an alliance of 10 indigenous peoples organization in Central America influencing policy at national, regional and international level especially for community forest management and territorial rights. AMPB is also a coordination and exchange platform for territorial authorities, local indigenous communities, community forest organisations and local government. Under this FFF grant, they are strengthening local leadership of their members’ organisation through better planning and monitoring while building their technical, administrative and accountability capacities.

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: 

  • Linking the many national and various international networks that represent forest rights-holders to pursue a shared agenda;
  • Ensuring local reality is taken into account in global and regional decision making;
  • Disseminating global and regional decisions locally;
  • Sharing of the vast pool of knowledge and experience among local forest and farm producers to help shape international and national policies and actions.
dernière mise à jour:  lundi 8 août 2016