Women own fewer assets and they are not secured equal returns.

- Terje Halleland, State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food


Asian Knowledge Exchange Forum on Promoting Rights and Livelihoods through Forest and Farm Producer Organizations, 7-9 December, Bangkok.

Forest and farm smallholders in Asia produce a large proportion of Asia's food supply, and a range of other products and environmental services that contribute to the rural economy and the implementation of the SDGs. However they face crucial challenges such as lack of secure tenure in forest land, limited access to markets and restrictive government regulations. Organized forest and farm producers with indigenous and local knowledge are best placed to meet the challenges posed by climate change. The millions of small-scale forest and farm producers worldwide, if well organized, have immense transformative power at scale.

The Asian Knowledge Exchange Forum is meant to facilitate networking between existing associations and provide them a platform to build their capacity by sharing experience. A field visit will inspire, give visibility to and energize participants and their organizations.

The Asian Knowledge Exchange Forum is co-organised by the International Family Forestry Alliance, the Asian Farmers Association for sustainable rural development, The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), Tree Bank and the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF).

Forests and climate change: the role of indigenous peoples and local communities, what is really happening

Join a discussion with David Kaimowitz from the Ford Foundation, at FAO HQ, IRAQ ROOM, from 11:00 to 12:30, on Wednesday, 9 November.

Follow the event on live webcast.

The contribution of indigenous peoples, local communities and smallholder farmers in managing the world's productive landscape are significant. A third of forests globally are under some form of management by families, smallholders, local communities or indigenous peoples and yet they are facing many challenges to exercising their traditional territorial tenure and use rights and often subjected to barriers and even violence in their efforts to protect and manage these resources. Previous experience tells us that combining forest conservation and development efforts remains challenging if local people are not fully involved. Failure to find the best way to engage with indigenous peoples and other local stakeholders and align their interests with forest conservation and active sustainable management will significantly compromise the chances of achieving the carbon sequestration and mitigation targets, and could firther marginalize porr and vulnarable people.

Our special guest from the Ford Foundation, Dr Kaimowitz, will share his insights on the current global situation and experiences in supporting indigenous peoples in the context of climate change.

Flyer of the event.

Unfinished agendas for forests and climate change

Local communities, indigenous people, smallholders and their organizations as the enabling actors to address climate change

Participants of the event, organized by the Forest and Farm Facility, the FAO’s Forestry Department and regional partners organized during the World Forest Week, agreed on a Statement that urges national governments, intergovernmental bodies, donors and international organizations to refocus and revise climate change mechanisms to directly and effectively engage local communities, Indigenous Peoples, smallholders, women, youth, and other vulnerable populations and their forest and farm producer organizations as the enabling actors to address climate change.

Statement - Let’s not forget the forest people and communities 

To find out more about the outcome of the event.


Forest and Farm Producer Organisations: Operating Systems for the SDGs

A new joint publication, "Forest and farm producer organizations, operating systems for the SDGs", is launched today by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), AgriCord and the International Family Forestry Association (IFFA) at the European Development Days. 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.

The European Development Days (EDD2016 on 15-16 June 2016) is one of the first international conferences to address the way forward for the 2030 Agenda. In particular it focuses on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Click here to download the publication.

For more information on the launch of the publication, please visit the following pages:

 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.

 Concept Note of the Workshop 


FFF Making a difference

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.

Outcome of the World Forestry Congress, Septembre 2015, Durban: Visit our FFF webpage

 Pre Congress Building Momentum for community-based forestry, forest and farm producer organizations

Launch of two publications

Strengthening the voice of local smallholders and forest and farm communities in Latin America

 Declaration from representatives of Indigenous People, Local Communities and Small scale Producers of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, and Mexico 

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.

Background information 

Facebook page of the Mexican Network of Forest farm organizations (Red MOCAF)
Read the article in La Jornada
Press Release FAO Bolivia

African Farm/Family Forestry Producer Organizations get organized for the WFC

Resolution of the Africa Farm/Family Forest Producers Organizations 

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.

More information on the Conference 


Progress in the countries

FFF Annual Report 2015 

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. 

last updated:  Wednesday, December 14, 2016