The health of the soil depends centrally on the health of the forest. We see that our own health as human being depends fundamentally and is intricately linked with the health of the forest and the health of the soil.
- Ms. Perpetua Katepa Kalala - FAO Representative in the Gambia
Strengthening the voice of local smallholders and forest and farm communities in Latin America
The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) is organizing a Regional Experience Sharing Workshop on Community Land Management , Forest Governance and market linkages together with the government of México, the National Forest Commission (CONAFOR), the Mesoamerican Alliance of Forest and People (AMPB) and the Mexican Network of forest farm organizations (Red Mocaf) to be held in Mexico on 3 – 7 August, 2015. During the meeting representatives of forest and farm producer organizations and national and local governments of Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua will develop a common message from the producer organizations for the World Forestry Congress and COP 21. More information in Spanish on the AMPB website.
In the run up to the World Forestry Congress in September 2015, Duncan Macqueen (IIED), on his blog, highlights how Forest Farm Facility support to help groups organise is helping forest and farm producers in Guatemala.
African Farm/Family Forestry Producer Organizations get organized for the WFC
The “African Farm/Family Forestry Producer Organizations Conference" took place in Nairobi, Kenya (Laico Regency Hotel) from 9 to 11 June 2015. The conference has been organized by the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA) in close collaboration with the Forest and Farm Facility, FAO, the Kenya Forest Service, the African Forest Forum, We Effect, FLEGT, the Great Green Wall Initiative, PEFC, the Forest Action Network and the Farm Forestry Smallholder Producers’ Association of Kenya. The conference has produced resolutions which will feed into the XIV World Forestry Congress. It will be soon available on this website.
A Pre-Congress event to put people and their organizations at the heart of the World Forestry Congress is organised on 5 and 6 September 2015.It will bring together representatives from community-based forestry, forest and farm organizations, stakeholders from government and non-government organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
"The best way of aligning social protection services with forest policies and programmes is to ensure that both work directly to strengthen the organisation of forest and farm producer groups – who form the biggest forest private sector – and the one most likely to conserve forests and reduce poverty." says Duncan Macqueen (IIED, FFF) in the FAO online discussion to gather views and experiences on the inter-linkages between social protection and forestry.
The Steering Committee members have validated the FFF Annual Report. The short version of the report is now available online.
Progress in the countries
New countries selected for FFF support
Bolivia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zambia have been selected by an experts panel as the next four partner countries for the Forest and Farm Facility.
An important dimension of the Forest and Farm Facility is to strengthen smallholder, women, community and Indigenous Peoples’ producer organizations for business/livelihoods and policy engagement. Click here to see recent activities implemented in support of producer organizations.
Over the past years FAO, IIED, IUCN and the WB have been working together through the Growing Forest Partnerships. They have collaborated to develop the FFF and will implement it jointly.