Family farming is essential for building a strong economy and for social cohesiveness. It is also important for development. The smallholders are the ones that have the key and answers to our country’s economy, and we need to give them our full attention and priority.
- Robert Bimba, National Coordinator of the Farmers’ Union Network (FUN)
"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.
Forestry for improved livelihoods
The “African Farm/Family Forestry Producer Organizations Conference" will take 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. This conference is designed to discuss and share experiences of locally controlled forestry with a special focus on family farm tree growing groups and their national organizations/federations. Further, the conference is expected to produce resolutions which will feed into the XIV World Forestry Congress.
FFF partners support the families in Nepal
The Forest and Farm Facility expresses its deep sympathy to the families affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. The Federation of Community Forestry Users (FECOFUN) and the Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI) are FFF partners and support the local communities to organize themselves to recover from this devastating event. FECOFUN has grown into a social movement organization with about 8.5 million people represented all of whom are forest users. Through its dedication to people on the ground, FECOFUN has started helping the victims in many villages.
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.
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.