No land, no forests, no food. The three go together for sustainability – production will not happen without the land and the forests. They are all interdependent.
- Robert Bimba, National Coordinator of the Farmers’ Union Network (FUN), The Gambia
Señor y Compañero Marcedonio Cortave
Marcedonio Cortave, a Mesoamerican Leader of forest producer organizations, has received the award of “Doctor Honoris Causa” form the San Carlos University of Guatemala, on Friday 17 October in Guatemala City. As the leader of ACOFOP, the Alianza de Comunidades Forestales de Guatemala and Board Member of the Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques, Mr. Cortave is a highly valued partner of the FFF. His impressive bio is available here.
An interview of Jeff Campbell, FFF Manager, written by Herman Savenije, Nick Pasiecznik, in Farmers in their landscape, Farming Matters Magazine, available on AgriCultures Network's. "Working together is a motivating and powerful approach to getting things done" says Jeff Campbell. “This holds true for my own approach to life; for the work of the millions of forest and farm families stitching together complex livelihoods and ecosystems at a landscape level. Local indigenous peoples, smallholders, female farmers and forest dependent peoples have the knowledge and history, the culture and the potential to maintain and revitalise vibrant rural landscapes – we must trust and support them."
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.