The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) provides support to forest and farm producer organizations (smallholders, rural women’s groups, local communities and indigenous peoples’ institutions) to increase their technical and business capacities to play their precious role for fighting against climate change and improving food security. FFF also engages with government to develop cross-sectoral mechanisms and policy processes which make use of rural people’s input. FFF is a partnership between FAO, IIED and IUCN, and AgriCord. Actual Donors include Finland, Germany, Sweden, and the United States.
Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality: Forestry and Farming – A Women’s Business – 16 April 2018
FAO, FFF and We Effect organized an event on strengthening women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in producer organisations. Experience shows us that gender equality and women entrepreneurship in forest and farm communities help ensure sustainable rural livelihoods. But how can these be scaled up to help combat climate change, advance gender equality and promote communities’ resilience? What can we learn from the experiences of innovative women leaders and their organisations? This session will focus on main lessons learnt and innovations used; examples of partnerships between producer organisations, government and non-governmental actors; and recommendations for how these achievements and lessons can be consolidated and scaled up.
Speakers at the session, from left to right: Anna Tibblin, incoming Secretary General, We Effect; Anna Bolin, Researcher, IIED/FFF; Ilaria Sisto, Gender Officer, FAO; Faith Mutuku, Gender expert, We Effect, East Africa; Thandiwe Chidavarume, Women and Land in Zimbabwe; Smita Bhatnagar, Self Employed Women’s Association, Coordinator, India; Sophie Grouwels, Forestry Officer, Forest and Farm Facility, FAO. Cecile Ndjebet, African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), Cameroon (not on the picture).
During the three-day international conference organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, “Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area – from Aspiration to Action”, FFF led a session called ‘Strengthening small-scale producers and their organizations’ under Thematic Session 8: Sustainable commodities and value chains on Wednesday, 21 February. Several of the more than 300 representatives of governments, NGOs, the private sector, civil society, and organizations representing indigenous people, local communities, youth and producers attending the conference participated in the session.
Small-scale producers described how, with the right incentives, their engagement can help sustain and even increase forest area and tree cover. Participants also discussed how well-designed policy frameworks, instruments and programmes are key to enabling forest and farm producer organizations to gain better access to business skills training, financing and other services that are crucial for the sustainable economic growth of their communities.
Interviews of FFF partners during the Conference:
“Forest users to producers: Scaling up FFPOs business and enterprises”, Asian FFPOs Regional Conference, 20-22 November 2017, Myanmar
The conference will share learning from the first phase of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) (2013-2017) in Asia. It will explore how community forest and farm business could be up-scaled it can contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Forest and farm producers naturally work in a cross-sectoral way and the collective scale of their businesses could provide a decisive contribution to achieving several SDGs. Community forest and farm businesses are also very important for building and enhancing climate resilience in landscapes. Output of the Conference will include a joint action plan to strengthen FFPO’s business capacity in climate-resilient landscapes.
Strengthening Forest and Farm Producers’ Organizations in a changing climate, African Regional Conference, Tanzania, 25-29 September 2017
African forest and farm producer organizations have been outlining their vision for increasing the market share and value of member products, increasing opportunities for women and youth, all while coping with climate change. Some 160 participants from at least 15 African countries attending the 2nd African Regional Conference of Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) also discussed successes and challenges and shared experiences, with the goal of improving business strategies that meet their members’ aspirations.
FFF is participating at the General Assembly of the World Farmers' Organisation during the Session "The future we want to harvest", Workshop 2: "The role of forestry for farmers and their organizations in a changing climate". See here the programme of the Workshop.
A paper "Smallholder forest producer organizations in a changing climate" prepared by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), with the Finnish Agri-Agency for Food and Forest Development (FFD) and in partnership with FFF will be launched. The publication analyzes relevant and recent practical cases deriving from forest owners' and users' organizations supporting small scale farmers in the field of forestry and its linkages to climate governance. Download the publication here.
This video presents the impact of FFF activities in the empowerment of Mayangna women. The Mayangna group is the second largest indigenous group in Nicaragua, with over 18,000 individuals. Through its support, FFF helped Mayangna women to reduce poverty and improve food security in the indigenous Mayangna community.
This Annual Report for 2016 provides detailed information on the FFF work in the ten partner countries and at regional and global levels in 2016. Updates on communications, knowledge generation, exchange visits and the M&L system are provided along with a short discussion of the Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) and the broad outlines of the Phase II. The MTE in August 2016 found that FFF was well on track to meeting the outcomes and impacts projected; and was doing this in a very efficient manner – in terms of the quality of delivery, the coordination of the implementing partners, and the value for investment.
When smallholder farmers and local communities organise, they can benefit by restoring the functionality of deforested and degraded landscapes, enhance food production, increase the availability of forest products and access to markets, and effect change. When small producers organise themselves in cooperatives or associations they can aggregate production and raise their profile among buyers while reaching economies of scale. Strong FFPOs can also train members on business development and production techniques, and help their constituency understand the markets tied to planting specific trees for timber or non-timber forest products (NTFPs). Read the Forest Brief published by IUCN in March 2017.
The joint publication was launched by the FFF, AgriCord and the International Family Forestry Association (IFFA) at the European Development Days in June 2016. The 35 cases illustrate FFPOs delivering SDGs. The publication urges support for building up capacities and appropriate investment to release this potential at large scale.
For more information on the launch of the publication, please visit the following pages:
This video shows 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.
The FFF is a partnership between FAO, IIED, IUCN and AgriCord.