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.
Agriculture’s Future, Delivering Net Zero Emissions - Trade, Consumption, Smallholders, Value chains
Side event at UNFCCC COP24, on Friday 7 December 2018, at 10:30 - 14:40, in Katowice, Poland
How can we engage and enable the 1.5 billion smallholders to deliver transformational change in agriculture? Panel and participants will focus on opportunities and pathways for the future of agriculture, expressing the voice of smallholder farmers. The aim of discussions is to identify opportunities, pathways and solutions for achieving the conditions to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees.
FFF launching workshop in Ecuador took place in Tena, in the province of Napo, on Friday 26 October, with the participation of local actors, provincial authorities and the Ministry of Environment and Water; as well as international partner organizations.
FFF will contribute to improving and strengthening ventures of local organizations, increasing their access to markets and financing, through equitable value chains and business development services, with an intergenerational, intercultural and gender cross-cutting approach. Another of the effective components of the FFF in Ecuador deals with optimizing mitigation, adaptation and resilience services to climate change at the territorial level, through access to better environmental technical knowledge and integration with inclusive livelihoods approaches. FFF is expected to have an initial impact on at least 1,500 rural Napo families and once implemented will constitute a base development model to be replicated at the national level.
Minister of Forests and Environment (MoFE), Mr, Shakti Bahadur BasnetThe second phase of Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a global partnership between FAO, IIED, IUCN and Agricord, was launched on Tuesday 25th of September in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were more than 70 participants in attendance, which included high-level representation of the Honorable Minister of Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE), the Chairperson of FECOFUN, representatives of relevant Ministries, FFPOs, civil society partners, development partners and private sector.
In Nepal, FFF Phase II plans to work with apex forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) led by Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN) in collaboration with the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE). The primary objective is to enhance the resilience of forest landscapes for improved livelihoods of smallholder’s, youth, women and indigenous peoples through strengthened forest farm producer organizations.
"Nepal has proven itself by the successful implementation of the first phase of FFF and the objectives of this second phase are supportive to achieve the national goal of prosperity. I would like to assure that there will not be any policy hurdle to work on forest and farm sector in an integrated way”, said Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Minister of the Forests and Environment (MoFE), while addressing the launching workshop.
Sustainable woodfuel value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa, Event on 29 August, Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), Nairobi
This event aims to explore how woodfuel value chains can be made sustainable and ultimately contribute to landscape restoration, livelihoods improvement and broader national climate change commitments– balancing short-term socio-economic and long-term ecological benefits. Discussions will focus on good practices and innovations for sustainable woodfuel value chains that will mitigate against deforestation and landscape degradation whilst enhancing livelihoods of producers and traders. Specific emphasis will be put on the important role of women in the value chain and how to increase gender equity.
The event will be followed by a Joint Exchange Visit in Kitui County, Kenya from 31 August to 01 September, jointly organized by CIFOR/ICRAF, FFF, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the Charcoal Producers Federation of Kenya and Kitui County government. In Kenya, Kitui County was selected due to the county being an epicenter of the charcoal value chain activities in Kenya. The county government has undertaken various interventions to manage and guide charcoal production and trade including the latest ban on outside trade to enable proper streamlining of the value chain.
Viet Nam launched FFF Phase II - 14 August 2018
Forest and farm producer organizations as primary agents of change for climate resilient landscapes and improved livelihoods
The scale of forest and farm producers' contributions to sustainable development - COFO side event - 17 July 2018
This event contributes to identifying and narrowing data gaps in the contributions of forest and farm producers and better recognizing their role in achieving national and international development goals to raise their profile. More than 1.5 billion smallholders throughout the world depend on forest landscapes to produce food, fuel, timber and non-wood forest products to meet their subsistence needs and generate cash income. New evidence presented in the report ‘The world’s largest private sector? Recognizing the cumulative economic value of small-scale forest and farm producers’ published by IUCN and the FFF, and launched during the event suggests that the value of smallholder production exceeds that of the world’s largest companies, making smallholder production collectively the world’s largest private sector. Read the FAO Forestry Department webstory.
During the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, AgriCord and the FFF organize on 6th June 2018 at 9 am a session on Rural women in decision-making and entrepreneurship. The representatives from forest and farm producers’ organisations will showcase producer organisations’ role in lifting barriers to women empowerment in leadership and entrepreneurship in forest and farm-based value chains and linkages to markets.
For more information, visit the EDD webpage of the event.
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.