If the people are informed and educated, they can push back against poor policies.
- Ethel Wion, Gender responsible of the Farmers’ Union Network (FUN), Liberia
The European Development Days (EDD2016 on 15-16 June 2016) will be one of the first international conferences to address the way forward for the 2030 Agenda. In particular it will focus on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under the topic Trade, Growth and Sustainable Development of the EDD, FFF, AgriCord and IFFA will organize a Project Lab on 16 June at 9:15-10:30, during which a new publication will be launched.
The new publication is structured around the SDGs and argues that producer organizations can be seen as the ‘operating vehicles’ of the SDG agenda: through service-provision to their members, such organizations make solid contributions towards the SDGs, bringing benefits not only to their members but to people and the planet at large.
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Successful organizational models
From 11th to the 15th April 2016, 50 representatives of producer organizations (POs) and governments from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, Ecuador and Panama participated to the regional exchange organized by FFF and CoOPequity in the Rural School of agro-forestry business of the Federation of cooperatives of Las Verapaces region (FEDECOVERA), Guatemala.
“The ultimate objective is to improve producers incomes, quality of life, food security, so that all families in rural areas can find a way out of poverty. The response to this challenge is within yourselves, within your organizations. This event is organized for you to exchange and build new organizational models. The idea of association and cooperativism is about finding a third path that can help our countries get out of poverty’ declared Diego Recalde, FAO Guatemala representative in his opening speech.
During a week, participants shared experiences of successful organizational models that POs have adopted with productive, entrepreneurial and commercial ends in forestry and agroforestry value-chains and in particular coffee, cacao and cardamom’s. Participants visited FEDECOVERA’s industrial plants for wood, cacao and cardamom transformation, tea and crafts cooperative, as well as coffee cooperative FUNDALACHUA. They also discussed public policies and strategies that can strengthen POs in accessing markets, contributing to rural development and building the climate resilience capacities of producers. In particular, Alan Galván from the Mancomunidad Cópan Chortí of Guatemala presented the initiative funded by BID-FOMIN project on Restoration of natural capital in Corredor Seco and climate adaptation of its population. Resulting from the visits and discussions, the participants agreed on a series of recommendations to implement at organizational level in order to strengthen their internal management, financial management, business development, and participation to policy dialogue.
“As representative of a group of young producers, my participation to this workshop was very important to understand FEDECOVERA’s key to success, in particular its vision, motivation, management and integration of youth. When I return home, I want to disseminate this knowledge and build together with the youth a way to make our organization stronger”, said José Arteaga from Copamex cooperative in Honduras. The next regional exchange workshop will take place in Bolivia in 2017.
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.
Stand of the smallholder farmers of Kenya during the FAO African Forestry and Wildlife Commission
Two of the Producer Organizations supported by the FFF in Kenya: COFEG and Nettle World participated in the FAO Regional Commission in Africa. Their stand presenting local products attracted a lot of interest since it was the only stand representing the smallholder famers. The Principal Secretary in charge of natural resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, and the KFS director, Emilio Mugo visited the stand.
FFF Team Retreat
The FFF Team met from 9 to 11 December to share achievements at national, regional and global levels and to plan the workplan 2016. Challenges and learning in the countries were shared by the national facilitators, and common areas of work were identified between the regions. This Retreat was a great opportunity to strengthen the FFF team, to share experiences and to improve coordination and procedures to make our work always more efficient.
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.
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.
The FFF is a partnership between FAO, IIED, IUCN and AgriCord.