Mission of the FFF
To promote sustainable forest and farm management by supporting local, national, regional and international organizations and platforms for effective engagement in policies and investments that meet the needs of local people.
Area of support
The Forest and Farm Facility funds partnership agreements and small grants with smallholder, women, community and Indigenous Peoples’ producer organizations and governments at local, national, regional and international levels through the following pillars.
This support builds, wherever possible on existing initiatives and catalyzing promising processes at each level.
Multi-year partnership agreements are ongoing in six countries currently: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Gambia, Liberia, Nepal and Myanmar. Four new countries have been selected by an external panel of experts in mid 2014: Bolivia, Kenya, Vietnam and Zambia.
Country grants are allocated to forest and farm producer organizations, government agencies and service providers at the country level and focus on organizing forest and farm producers for livelihoods and business. The supported activities reflect the local priorities, respect national dynamics between stakeholders, stimulate the dialogue between parties, and respond to the variety of country contexts and opportunities.
Regional and global grants
Regional and global grants support forest and farm producer organizations
These grants help link the many national and various international networks that represent forest and farm producers and forest rights holders to pursue a shared agenda, bring local success stories to the notice of global decision-makers to facilitate successful local-level investments, and help shape international and national policies and actions through the sharing of knowledge and experience among local forest and farm producers.
In 2014, regional and global grants were allocated to the following organizations:The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal peoples of the Tropical Forest (IAITPTF), Global Alliance of Community Forestry (GACF), the Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB), the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development(AFA) and the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA).
Monitoring and Learning System
The Monitoring and Learning (M&L) system is a participatory tool involving different stakeholders for applied adaptive management of the FFF supported activities, and for generating lessons and best practices for broader sharing and application.
The M&L framework combines quantitative and qualitative indicators to be assessed and, if desired modified according to country needs. Qualitative indicators are explored through a series of questions to capture stakeholder’s perceptions and understanding about how and whether the processes and focus to achieve FFF long term objectives are effective or need to be readjusted.
It will be a key means to generate information and research outputs on approaches that work locally and that can be scaled up globally.
Added value of the FFF
FFF’s lessons learned will be widely shared to provide inputs into large initiatives like REDD+, FLEGT, the Forest Investment Programme, Landscape restoration programmes and the implementation of the Non-legally Binding Forest Instrument. Indeed, the FFF’s focus on forest and farm producer organizations as the primary actors (the “largest rural private sector”) in broader rural transformation, intentionally stresses linkages between forestry and other major sectors within forest based landscapes. The FFF proposes a focused and practical approach to working within the current global agenda: the growing global interest in forests within landscapes, the role of forests for food security, the emphasis on a “green economy”, the role of the small and medium scale private sector and a new sustainable development framework. Furthermore FFF is attracting significant interest from other sectors within the international development community and in governments, including the agricultural sector, rural development and livelihoods funders – thereby raising the profile of forestry.
The FFF is a partnership launched in September 2012 between FAO, IIED and IUCN. Its Steering Committee is formed by members affiliated with forest producer, community forestry, indigenous peoples’ organizations, international research community, business development service provider organization, private sector, government, and donors. Actual Donors include Finland, Germany, Sweden, the United States and Agricord.
Forest and Farm Producers
Forest-and-farm producers are women and men, smallholder families, indigenous peoples and local communities who have strong relationships with forests and farms in forested landscapes. Such producers grow, manage, harvest and process a wide range of natural-resource-based goods and services for subsistence use and for sale in local, national or international markets.
Forest and Farm Producer organisations
Forest-and-farm producer organizations are formal or informal associations of such producers. They are created with the aim of helping their members share knowledge and experience; engage in policy advocacy; secure tenure and access rights to forest, land and other natural resources; improve forest-and-farm management; expand markets; build enterprises; and increase income and well-being.
Forest-and-farm producer organizations vary widely in size and institutional form and may focus on forests or combinations of forest- and farm-related activities. They may include indigenous peoples and local community organizations; tree-grower and agroforestry associations; forest owner associations; producer cooperatives and companies; and their umbrella groups and federations.