It is time for a change in consciousness - It is a fact that agriculture and forestry can no longer be treated in isolation. Linking the two is imperative for socio economic development in the 21st century.
- Dr. Evelyn Nguleka, President World Farmers Organization
Who Owns the World’s Land? The first global baseline of formally recognized indigenous and community land rights.
RRI analysis conducted on 82% of the global land area shows that in reality Indigenous Peoples and local communities (around 1.5 billion people) own 65% of the world’s land area, but that legally their rights are recognized only on 18% of the worlds’ land. The recognition of community land rights is critical to protect biodiversity, reduce climate change, meet national government goals, secure sustainable investments and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
125 participants from 39 countries
Launch of two publications
Strengthening the voice of local smallholders and forest and farm communities in Latin America
The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) organized 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) 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 developed a common message from the producer organizations for the World Forestry Congress and COP 21. More information in Spanish on the AMPB website.
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.
Progress in the countries
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.
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.