FFF Making a difference - Results on the ground
This package composed of a video and five thematic factsheets presents preliminary results of the implementation of the FFF in its 10 partner countries and at regional and global level. Through witnesses of forest and farm producers, government representatives, and FFF Steering Committee members, it illustrates some of the value added and impact of the FFF support on the ground. It shows how organized forest and farm producers are contributing to reach most of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.