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 First International Congress of Forest Producer Organizations of the Americas 19 September 2014 In Monterrey, Nuevo León, México is held the first International Congress of Forest Producer Organizations of the Americas from 17 to 20 September, 2014 with the objective to share knowledge and vision between forest producer organizations from different countries of America. The event is organized by the National Confederation of Forest Producers of Mexico (CONOSIL) and there are more than 150 participants from México, Panamá, Estados Unidos, Bolivia, Cuba, Nepal, Perú, Honduras, Paraguay, Brasil, Finlandia, Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala and Chile. In the opening ceremony participated Manuel Garcia, President of CONOSIL, national and local authorities, Peter de Marsh, president of IFFA and Forest and Farm Facility. During the first day experiences fo the followings countries were presented Guatemala, Honduras, Perú, Panamá, Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. [more]
Ebola awareness campaign in Liberia 18 September 2014 A training of trainers involving 160 farmers and forest users, the Ministry of Agriculture field agents, the Forestry Development Authority (FDA forest rangers), the Supervisors of the Environmental protection Agency, communities’ County Leadership, Women groups, youths and Faith based organization took place in Liberia to prevent the spreading of the Ebola virus and creating awareness on how Ebola can be transmitted from human to human. Special emphasis has been given to reach the farmers and forest users using their own native language, culture understanding and focusing on the theoretical and practical demonstration about the sanitation and hygienic health care. Knowing that human beings can only catch viruses from bats and other wildlife that are affected with the virus, farmers and forest users were trained on safe methods to interact with wildlife from a public health point of view. [more]
15 September 2014 An interview of Jeff Cambell, Manager of the Forest and Farm Facility, written by Herman Savenije , Nick Pasiecznik , in Farming Matters Magazine, available on AgriCultures Network's website: "Working together is a motivating and powerful approach to getting things done" says Jeff, Campbell. “This holds true for my own approach to life; for the work of the millions of forest and farm families stitching together complex livelihoods and ecosystems at a landscape level. Local indigenous peoples, smallholders, female farmers and forest dependent peoples have the knowledge and history, the culture and the potential to maintain and revitalise vibrant rural landscapes – we must trust and support them." [more]
10 September 2014 The multi-stakeholder launching workshop took place in La Paz to introduce the Forest and Farm Facility and its programme, to share government and stakeholders perspectives on the context in Bolivia and their priorities and to initiate a process of developing a three year framework and ultimately a first year work plan for partnerships with forest and farm producer organizations and government agencies. [more]
25 August 2014 The launching workshop took place on 22 August in Hanoi to present the FFF process, and to select the priorities for FFF support in Vietnam. Civil society and government exchanged views on local needs and priorities and set up a framework for the 3 years partnership. [more]
13 August 2014 Josephine Francis, land owner in Liberia and Pressident of the Farmer Union Network of Liberia highlights the importance of making agriculture sustainable for young people to go back to rural area. "Every Liberian has to be involved in growing food to fight malnutrition" she says. Householders should also grow more trees, supported by a strong regulation and a forest reform needed in the country. [more]
11 August 2014 Until July 2014, when the new Constitution for a new apex body for cashew farmers was developed, ratified and adopted by the cashew farmers at a congress in Jenoi, LRR, there were two main cashew associations namely the Federation of Gambian Cashew Farmers Associations (FGCFA) and the National Cashew Farmers Association (NCFA). Both associations claimed to be the national apex body for the cashew farmers leading to a division within farmers in the cashew sub-sector. An assessment of the two associations was accomplished and their amalgamation into one single national apex body for cashew farmers achieved successfully. [more]
8 August 2014 This article is written by Fabra-Crespo, M., (University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences) and Rojas-Briales, E. (ADG of the Forestry Department, FAO). The paper analyses through two surveys conducted in 2006 and 2012, the differences between national communication strategies of private forest's owners in Europe. This research paper gives detailed data on the design, process and implementation of the strategies to lobby and to influence decision-makers. The private forest represents 60% of the European forest and is organised in forest owners' associations which will benefit from the lessons learnt exposed in this article to raise the profile of forestry in the public perception. [more]
5 August 2014 The first meeting of the newly established Community Forestry National Working Group (CFNWG) was held in Nay Pyi Taw. This working group was formed after RECOFTC organized a series of roundtable meetings on community forestry and the first meeting recommended the creation of a working group led by the Forest Department and facilitated by RECOFTC. Members of the working group are representatives of line departments from the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock, and Rural Development, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and Attorneys’ General Office. Civil society organizations are also members, including the Myanmar Timber Merchant Association, ECCDI, EcoDev, FREDA, the Food Security Working Group, the environmental network MERN and Metta Development Foundation. At the first meeting, group officers were selected. The group’s Chairman will be the Director of the Natural Forest and Plantation Division of the Forest Department, who is also the head of the new Community Forestry Unit in Forest Department. A representative from ECCDI was selected to serve as Vice-Chairman and a representative from the Planning and Statistics Division of the Forest Department to serve as Secretary. Mr Aung Thant Zin, representing MERN was selected as Treasurer of the Group. After filling these positions, participants discussed the proposed national target of 20,000 acres of community forests established within the Permanent Forest Estate in the next year. The treasurer introduced the potential for FFF to support the CFNWG in the future. The working group will meet again during the first week of September 2014. [more]
30 June 2014 FAO Press Release on the new FFF publications: "Coming together in forest and farm producer organizations can help overcome their isolation as well as other very real constraints such as a lack of secure forest tenure and financial and business development instruments", said FAO Forestry Officer Jeffrey Campbell. "They must compete with large-scale businesses that often receive preferential treatment, access to markets, financing and resources". "Governments need to provide legal status and services for organizations of small-scale forest and farm producers which will serve their interests and help reduce rural poverty", he added. "The support for forest and farm producers, encapsulated within the Forest and Farm Facility, is critical. It is critical to unleash the potential of locally controlled forestry - reducing poverty and protecting forests - together", said Duncan Macqueen, Principal Researcher of IIED."As a group, smallholders and community and Indigenous Peoples forest producers play a major role in global trade, and yet are often overlooked when we talk about the role of the private sector in forest landscape management and restoration." says Chris Buss, Deputy Director of IUCN's Forest and Climate Change Programme. "It is crucial therefore to ensure forest producer organizations are strengthened and empowered if we are to scale up efforts in order to achieve goals such as Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020, which will in turn contribute to delivery on international climate, biodiversity and development targets." [more]
“Family forestry is family farming”, FFF/IFFA Special event during COFO 26 June 2014 The event which was hosted by the Forest and Farm Facility and the International Family Forestry Alliance , was held to recognize the vital role of family, community, and indigenous people forests and farms in the celebration of the International year of Family Farming. Participants heard from diverse voices, including leaders from: a village-level organization in Myanmar; a federation in Nepal representing more than 11 million people; the National Farmers’ Platform of the Gambia, representing more than 200 000 farmers; a women’s producer group in Guatemala; the Farmers Union Network in Liberia, representing more than 35 000 forest farmers; and a national forest producer organization in Mexico, representing 670 000 producers. Government officials and forest farmer representatives, from countries as diverse as Guatemala, Kenya, Myanmar and Sweden, gave joint presentations on the many win–win outcomes that can be achieved when governments and smallholder forest producer groups work cooperatively towards common goals and build relationships based on mutual respect. [more]
Putting people at the center of forest policies 23 June 2014 Read the FAO Press Release for the COFO Opening and launching of the State of the World's Forests (SOFO). The Press Release highlights the 4 years partnership agreement signature between Agricord and the FAO to support the FFF. [more]
AgriCord signed a partnership agreement with FAO to support the FFF 23 June 2014 FAO signed today a four year Agreement with AgriCord for collaboration with the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF). FAO and AgriCord have closely collaborated since 2012 on various activities related to strengthening of producer organizations and smallholder farmers. AgriCord, a global network consisting of ten agri-agencies and three associated members ( https://www.agricord.org/ ) , is making available Euro 1 Million to the FFF, to provide support to forest and farm producer organizations in developing countries. This contribution is part of AgriCord's Farmer’s Fighting Poverty Programme and contributes directly to FAO’s Strategic Objective SO3 on reducing rural poverty. [more]
16 June 2014 On June 9-16, two IUCN staff and 24 Myanmar colleagues visited Nepal to see firsthand the state of community-based forest product enterprises and what it takes to build them. The Myanmar team included Forest Department officials, community representatives, and NGO staff. The trip, which was organized by IUCN and ANSAB, the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources, was sponsored by the FAO-led Forest & Farm Facility and Pyoe Pin, a DfID/Sida-funded civil society support program in Myanmar. Read the full story on Nepal's page: http://www.fao.org/partnerships/forest-farm-facility/country-support/en/ [more]
16 June 2014 Regional and international Forest and Farm Producer organizations have been selected to receive FFF grants through a call for proposals to link local voices and global decisions. The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal peoples of the Tropical Forest (IAITPTF) and the Global Alliance of Community Forestry (GACF) will receive a planning grant to prepare strategies for effective engagement at the regional and global level. Three partnership grants were awarded to: the Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB), the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development(AFA) and the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA). These grants will enable organizations to improve institutional capacity, increase membership base, strengthen regional and global engagement including policy advocacy and provide a platform through which knowledge and information can be shared both upwards and downwards for their respective constituencies in ways that contribute towards the overall objectives of the FFF. [more]
9 June 2014 Bolivia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zambia have been selected by an experts panel as the next four partner countries for the Forest and Farm Facility [more]
5 June 2014 Honduran women producers went to Nicaragua for ten days to organize a capacity-building workshop to improve the quality of the tuno products manufactured by Mayangna women. The aim of the exchange was to introduce new designs and techniques to enhance the appearance of the products, which can provide mayangna women with new market opportunities. In total 20 mayangna women representing five organizations participated in the event. [more]
30 May 2014 El taller tuvo lugar del 26 al 30 de mayo y contó con la participación de delegados de Bolivia, El Salvador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Trinidad y Tobago, Brasil y Guatemala. Esta capacitación fue impartida de manera colaborativa entre FAO, el Instituto Nacional de Bosques, INAB, la Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques; y la Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de Estándares de Manejo Forestal (CONESFORGUA). La misma estuvo dirigida a profesionales que brindan asistencia técnica en desarrollo microempresarial y de mercados a organizaciones de productores, servicios forestales y sector privado vinculado a la gestión de los bosques y las fincas para insertarse en los mercados de bienes y servicios de tierras y bosques. Entre las temáticas cubiertas se abordó el manejo de cinco áreas de desarrollo empresarial: a) mercado/economía, incluyendo aspectos financieros; b) recursos naturales/ambientales; c) social/cultural; d) institucional/legal; e) tecnología, investigación y desarrollo de productos [more]
21 May 2014 IIED Press Release for a new report of the IIED and the FFF. The report draws on research in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Tanzania and Vietnam. It identifies four main ways new support could transform locally-controlled forestry businesses: • Helping such businesses secure land and resource tenure• Making it easier for these businesses to form effective organisations so they can achieve economies of scale and the power of collective bargaining• Investing in programmes that strengthen business know-how • Revitalising technical extension services so they can play a valuable role in forest-farm mosaics that deliver local and global public goods. [more]
19 May 2014 The FFF is participating in the workshop Small-Scale and Community Forest Producers: The Challenges and Opportunities of Legality Verification, organised by the Chatham House in cooperation with the Rights and Resources Initiative. [more]
8 May 2014 An article written by Edward Z. Suloe, FFF Facilitator in Liberia in the FAO Representation in Liberia Newsletter, No. 9, April 2014. Visit the Liberia webpage to downlaod the Newsletter: http://www.fao.org/partnerships/forest-farm-facility/country-support/en/ [more]
29 April 2014 The exchange of experiences and lessons among women producer groups from Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua , was organised in the town of Siuna , North Atlantic Autonomous Region , RAAN , from 11 to 13 March 2014. [more]
Nepal - Signature of three Letters of agreement 18 April 2014 The FAO Representative of Nepal, Mr. Somsak Pipoppinyo signed three LoAs between the Forest and Farm Facility and i) the Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN), ii) the Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI), and iii) the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Nepal Country Office to improve policy advocacy and business development capacity of forest and farm producers in Nepal in parallel to the promotion of cross sectoral platform to improve integration of forest and farm issues at Government level in Nepal. [more]
Gambia - National Workshop on Monitoring and Learning (M&L) System 10 April 2014 The purpose of this workshop was to engage a wide range of stakeholders on M&L mechanism for FFF. 40 Stakeholders from ANR Technical Departments, NGOs, NFPG, NACOFAG & other Producer Organizations attended the workshop. [more]
National Exchange between Myanmar Producer Organizations 4 April 2014 On April 1-3, around 40 participants representing forest user groups, NGOs, and Forest Department staff from Ayeyarwady Region and Rakhine, Kachin, and Shan states came together to discuss their progress in strengthening forest farm producer groups for business development and policy engagement. Six of the groups in attendance have been supported by FFF since December 2013, each bringing representatives of the producer group, the local forest department, and the facilitating local NGOs. NGOs involved were Ecosystem Conservation and Community Development Initiative (ECCDI), Friends of Wildlife (FOW), Myanmar Ceramics Society (MCS), Myanmar’s Heart Development Organization (MHDO), Social Vision Services (SVS), and Swanyee Development Foundation (SDF). The exchange workshop provided a rich opportunity for mutual learning through sharing experience and a field visit to Ya Gyi and Ale Chaung community forest user groups (FUGs). These community groups had already established watershed protection forests and are now being supported by FFF, with facilitation from ECCDI, in establishing a township level association in April 2014 and assessing options for managing their forest for business. Report can be found on the Myanamar page: http://www.fao.org/partnerships/forest-farm-facility/country-support/en/ [more]
Getting resources to those who matter - IIED Blog 27 March 2014 Improving the participation of rural people has been in vogue for years, often with limited success. Here's one scheme that lives up to the hype by involving forest and farm producers on their own terms. Written by Duncan Macqueen , Forests , Natural resource management , IIED. [more]
24 March 2014 Read the latest IIED Briefing: Multi-stakeholder governance strengthens sustainable livelihoods in Bosawás, Nicaragua: http://pubs.iied.org/17207IIED.html The Forest and Farm Facility: building strength in numbers: http://pubs.iied.org/17210IIED.html?c=forest [more]
20 March 2014 Daily Observer Press Release: The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), in collaboration with the Department of Forestry Monday began a four-day training on entrepreneurial skills for Community Forest, representatives of Producer Organisations and Forest Field Staff in Janjangbureh, CRR, funded by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). [more]
Exchange of experience between women producer groups from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua 13 March 2014 The exchange of experiences and lessons among women producer groups from Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua , was organised in the town of Siuna , North Atlantic Autonomous Region , RAAN , from 11 to 13 March 2014. This event was organised to help strengthening the organization , the knowledge, and synergies between women producers from their experiences and lessons learned. The event was hosted by Mayangna Nation Siuna Municipal Governments , the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA ) through the Technical Secretariat BOSAWAS ( SETAB ) and supported by the FFF . The Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests ( AMPB ) co-organised the event. Representatives from four organizations in Guatemala participated: Acofop , Petén : Benedicta Dionicio Ramirez de Mendoza and Greece Magdalena Lopez Peralta ; FUNDALACHUA : Mac Sis Viviana Ruiz and Delfina Choc Oxom ; Tikonel , Chimaltenango : Angelica Maria and Maria Castro Lool Sutuj Margarita , y, Magic Hands , Zacapa : Teresa and Ana Barillas Victoria Ramos Betancourt Chilel . The event was organised around the following sessions : a) gender and general policy regarding production aspects, b) summary of experiences of the participating organizations, c) training: to develop a small business, service providers and market analysis and development c) participation in a regional fair that included product sales d) dating engagement (services), e) learning tour, and f) experiences of the culture of the native peoples. [more]
Indigenous Miskito groups (member of the Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques) featured in the New York Times 24 February 2014 By ELISABETH MALKIN.February 12, 2014. New York Times. "We have the rights, but we are incapable of exercising them because there is no law,” said Eliberto Barahona, the president of Brisas de Copén, one of several cooperatives working legally in the Sierra Río Tinto National Park. “There is no support, and we’re unprotected.” If the government cannot enforce its own contracts, Mr. Barahona added, “all the effort we have made for all this time is destroyed.” What is happening here in the remote northeast of Honduras shows how quickly the most successful conservation efforts can be reversed when state structures collapse. The rule of law has always been fragile in Honduras, but since a 2009 coup , it has disintegrated even faster under the pressure of corruption and drug trafficking. The communities conserving the forest, which is owned by the state, say they are losing their livelihood because of illegal loggers, cattle ranchers and land speculators. Giving communities title over the land they manage would be an essential first step against the invasions, he said. In September, the Honduran government granted land rights to almost 7 percent of its territory in the far eastern wilderness to indigenous Miskito groups living there. Indigenous Miskito groups are part of the Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques: http://alianzamesoamericana.org/site/en [more]
17 February 2014 The fifth global meeting of the Farmers’ Forum takes place at the beginning of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF 2014). This is the time for nations and for policy makers to listen to the voices of small scale producers and rural communities. It is time to revisit the policy and institutional frameworks to ensure families can feed themselves, to ensure smallholder family farmers can manage their resources: land, water, seeds and animals in a changing climate, it is time to ensure they can invest in and develop their farms and cooperatives for a better future for all. [more]
Farmers Organizations to be a voice for the voiceless in Liberia - Josephine Francis interview 10 February 2014 Josephine George Francis is the President of Farmer Union Network of Liberia. In this interview during the International Conference on International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations, 25-28 November 2013, Guilin, China, she explains the importance to organize forests smallholders for business opportunities in order to reduce poverty. [more]
'Forests Forever' - Pre Congress on Protected Areas for Indigenous Peoples (Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests) - 17-18 March 2014 - Costa Rica 5 February 2014 El “Pre congreso Mesoamericano de Áreas Protegidas por Pueblos Indígenas: Bosques para Siempre” , organizado por la Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB) será parte de la IV edición del Congreso Mesoamericano de Áreas Protegidas , hecho confirmado tras una reunión que sostuvo la AMPB con la Comisión Científica del Congreso en las oficinas del Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (SINAC) en la Ciudad de San José Costa Rica y la aprobación por parte la coordinación general de este evento de impacto regional presidida por el Dr. Rafael Gutierrez, director ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (SINAC). La AMPB, representada en esta ocasión por su Comisión Ejecutiva, además de conocer de forma oficial los avances en la organización del IV Congreso Mesoamericano de Áreas Protegidas, presentó a la Comisión Científica los detalles de la realización del “Pre congreso de Áreas Protegidas: Bosques para Siempre”. El evento movilizará a autoridades territoriales, líderes locales y pueblos indígenas, que se encuentran ubicados en las principales zonas de bosques de la región y que en su mayoría traslapan con las declaradas áreas protegidas desde décadas pasadas, con la finalidad, según Leví Sucre, coordinador de la comisión ejecutiva de la AMPB de “evaluar, valorar y proyectar la contribución de los pueblos indígenas a la conservación de las áreas protegidas de Mesoamérica, en base a experiencias en el terreno que llevan muchos años en implementación y se han convertido en grandes centros de aprendizaje para toda la región, los cuales muchas veces no son visibles en grandes eventos”. Tanto la AMPB como la Comisión Científica del IV Congreso Mesoamericano, acordaron iniciar un proceso sistemático de coordinación y apoyo conjunto que permita lograr los mejores resultados tanto en el Precongreso como en el IV Congreso, resultados buscan de manera mutua mejorar la gestión y la gobernanza en las Áreas Protegidas de Mesoamérica, en beneficio ... [more]
Regional Training of Trainers Workshop for Market Analysis and Development - 3-7 February 2014 - Guatemala 3 February 2014 Este taller será impartido de manera colaborativa entre FAO (Programa "Mecanismo para Bosques y Fincas –FFF); el Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB); la Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques y la Comisión Nacional para el desarrollo de Estandartes de Manejo Forestal (CONESFORGUA). El mismo está dirigido a profesionales que brindan asistencia técnica en desarrollo microempresarial y de mercados a organizaciones de productores, servicios forestales y sector privado vinculado a la gestión de los bosques y las fincas para insertarse en los mercados de bienes y servicios de tierras y bosques. Contará con la participación de delegados de Bolivia, El Salvador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Trinidad y Tobago, y Guatemala. Durante el desarrollo del taller las y los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de conocer y desarrollar los principios e instrumentos en la metodología de análisis y desarrollo de mercados que FAO ha implementado y difundido en diversas partes del mundo, especialmente trabajando con pequeñas empresas de base comunitaria. Además se intercambiarán experiencias en materia de producción, innovación, comercialización y mercadeo de pequeñas y medianas empresas de los países participantes. [more]
22 January 2014 Forest/Farm Producer Organizations (FPO’s) are the diverse structures and organizations of producers in forested landscapes working together to secure their rights to forest use and forest land, to improve livelihoods and well-being and to strengthen their contributions to sustainable forest and landscape management and sustainable development. Jeff Campbell, FFF Manager, shares with us the added value of FPOs. 1- Sharing knowledge and experience. 2- Gain better and more secure tenure and access to forest, land and tree resources. 3- Improve bargaining power by aggregating and guaranteeing supply of products or services. 4- Collaborate on transportation, marketting, design, certification, branding and sales promotion. 5- Creating secondary processing enterprises, and related products and businesses. 6- Better use of technology and more research. [more]
11 December 2013 Peter deMarsh Canada was re-elected as chair at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA) in Rovaniemi, Finland, 11th December 2013. During the Annual Meeting the audience listened to a special presentation by the FAO forestry director Eduardo Rojas-Briales. He gave his view on the forestry challenges, the work of FAO forestry division and the work plans of the Forest and Farm Facility. Thorsten Arndt from PEFC International presented the development of PEFC pilot projects in Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, where IFFA is one of the international partners. [more]
Myanmar - Stakeholder workshop 4 December 2013 The Forest and Farm Facility stakeholder workshop was held in Yangon on 4 December 2013 and was attended by about 25 representatives of the Forestry Department, selected grantees, communities and in-country partners. The 6 grantees signed the original Letter of Agreement (LoA) and shared the main activities and outcomes of their projects to be implemented in three states. It was also shared information on the proposed work between grantees and with the Forest Department and discussed potential synergies and exchange of learning and knowledge. The participants discussed and agreed on learning exchange and training program within Myanmar and an exchange visit to Nepal in March 2014. [more]
Strength in numbers: International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations 28 November 2013 FAO has been supporting forest producer organizations for many years in collaboration with partners, through the “Forest Connect” Initiative and more recently through the Forest & Farm Facility (FFF). In 2012 FAO, Agricord and FFF published “Strength in numbers: Effective forest producer organizations”. The document presents a set of current examples of forest producer organizations and aims to raise awareness and provoke discussion among service providers and policy makers for setting frameworks in which producer organizations can flourish. This conference follows up on the issues raised in the publication. The meeting represents the first of its kind in giving the world’s many millions of smallholder farmer and community forest producers an opportunity to have their voices heard at a global level. The message was clear: Forest producer groups have something to offer society and those that govern it. [more]
FFF Steering Committee Meeting held in Guilin, China 24 November 2013 The FFF Steering Committee met to review the Progress Report 2013 and Workplan 2014, and to give guidance on acitivities implementation, partnership aspects, and operational issues. Selection processs and criteria for new partner countries was also agreed. [more]
11 November 2013 Forest & Farm Facility (FFF) initiative funded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and World Bank recently facilitated the ANR Platform to conduct a country wide sensitization on the Agriculture & Natural Resources Policy (ANR Policy 2009-2015) for the Technical Advisory Committees (TAC’s) at regional level. Previously, there was a country wide sensitization on the same policy targeting the regional governors, regional agricultural directors and forestry officers. Later on, this is to be followed by a country wide sensitization on the same policy at district level. [more]
Nicaragua - Meeting with the FAORs of Meso-america 26 September 2013 During this meeting the FFF manager presented the FFF to the FAO Representants of Meso-America and received comments on the country operations. [more]
Outcome of the Pre-Congress on Community Forestry as a basis for Governance and starting point for FLEGT and REDD organized by the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB) in Honduras 25 September 2013 Over 220 representatives of Indigenous Peoples and community forestry organizations, forestry authorities and development agencies from 13 countries in Central America met in a special “”Pre-Congress” prior to the VII Central American Forestry Congress (COFOCA) in Honduras. This event demonstrated the growing importance and sophistication of national and regional organizations of forest peoples, and it established a space in which participants were able to share their experiences on how to strengthen forest governance at the local level and to explore the possibilities of developing a shared strategy for policy advocacy in the design of national FLEGT and REDD processes. The event was well-covered by national, regional and some international media. Field visits to community forestry concessions in Petén, Guatemala, were organized to expose journalists directly to the remarkable work of many small forest enterprises in that region. A summary of the discussions at the Pre-Congress was presented to the governments of the region and provided as an input into the COFOCA. Indigenous Peoples and local communities are making important gains in many countries in the region in terms of securing land tenure and gaining a voice in national-level policy-making. Levi Sucre, Coordinator of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests, spoke eloquently of the central role of community forestry and Indigenous Peoples’ territorial management as the key to sustainable forestry in the region. Victoria Flores of the FEPROAH association of women’s small-scale forestry producers in Honduras clearly laid out the important role that forestry enterprises play for rural women and their communities. The producers’ groups she represents account for over 400,000 ha of forested lands. Victoria emphasized the importance of involving representatives of community forestry and small producers in FLEGT- and REDD-related discussions at all levels and stressed the importance of a policy envir... [more]
10 September 2013 The partners of the Forest and Farm Facility (IIED, IUCN and FAO) organised a 2 days retreat at FAO HQ, followed by a meeting with FAO staff to sthenghten collaborations with FAO programmes. During the retreat, , the following topics, among other, were discussed: Country operational process, Monitoring and Learning System, Communication and Messaging, Upcoming Conference in China, and the Role of each partner in the FFF implementation. [more]
Introducing Jeff Campbell, Forest and Farm Facility's New Manager 4 September 2013 We are happy to welcome Jeff Campbell as the new Manager of the Forest and Farm Facility. Born and raised in India, Jeff is a US citizen with many years of experience in forestry, rural development and philanthropy. Most recently Jeff worked at the Christensen Fund as Director of Grantmaking, after a long career at the Ford Foundation. This included serving as Program Officer for environment and development programs in India and Nepal (1991-1996) and Indonesia (1997-2000), and then as Program Officer, Deputy Director and then Senior Program Officer in the New York Office (2000-2008). In New York Jeff was both responsible for North American grantmaking around community forestry and rural livelihoods and for a global program of advocacy and learning in environment and development. Jeff’s experience in each of these positions focused particularly on partnering with indigenous and tribal communities in ways that combined their concerns with sustainable natural resource-based livelihoods with their cultural values, linking these community groups through networks, federations and multi-stakeholder forums with government and other actors. He also played a lead role in Ford Foundation’s engagement with indigenous issues globally, including through co-chairing the Committee on Indigenous Peoples, and led such delegations as the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. Previously, Jeff worked eight years in the ecotourism sector in the India and Nepal, as an extension forester in the USA, and as a high school teacher and photojournalist in New Delhi. He has served on numerous international and national forestry review bodies, including the Steering Committee of the NFP Facility which he chaired for 5 years. Jeff has a BA in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Forestry from Yale University, which allows him to ensure that the supply of bamboo for his flutes will continue to be sustainably managed by local communities. [more]
Upcoming Meeting on Community Forestry as a basis for Governance and starting point for FLEGT and REDD, Honduras, 24 – 25 September 2013 3 September 2013 The Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB) is calling to the pre-congress “Community Forestry as basis for Governance and starting point for FLEGT and REDD”, to be held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on 24 – 25 September, 2013. This activity takes place in the framework of the VII Central American Forestry Congress (COFOCA). The Pre-congress is supported by the Ford Foundation, ClimateWorks, Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), Kepa Finland, Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), ICCO-Holland, Forest Trends, Bank Information Center (BIC), Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silvicultura Sostenible (CCMSS), Red Iberoamericana de Bosques Modelo (RIABM), PRISMA Fundation, Rainforest Alliance (RA), Asociation AGTER, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The participants include leaders of community forestry organizations from 8 countries in Mesoamerica, forestry authorities and development agencies. The objective of this meeting is to establish a space where the participants could share their experiences on how to strengthen forest governance at local level and also explore the possibilities of developing a shared strategy for policy advocacy in the design of national FLEGT and REDD processes. The expected outcome of the meeting is the identification of common agendas and points of dialogue between community forestry organizations in Mesoamerica, forestry authorities and International Cooperation to strengthen community forestry in the region. [more]
Awareness raising on the Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) Policy in Gambia: Radio Programme and ANR Platform Tour 20 August 2013 In July 2013, a radio programme to raise the awareness on the Agriculture and Natural Resource (ANR) Policy was conducted at The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS). This programme aimed at preventing sectoral policy implementation conflicts as the ANR is geared towards improving the livelihoods of the Gambian population and the farming community in particular. A delegation comprising of 10 Members from the ANR Platform trekked the country to dialogue with key stakeholders and to gauge their level of awareness of the ANR Policy, and to discuss with Regional Governors and lined Ministries on the Agriculture and Natural Resource (ANR) Policy. The team met the Regional Governor of Lower River Region, the North Bank Region, the Central River Region North (KUNTAUR), Upper River Region, the West Coast Region, and the CRR South. [more]
Upcoming event: International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations, November 2013, China 22 July 2013 Click on the link for the Concept Note. This conference follows up on the issues raised in the publication “Strength in numbers: Effective forest producer organizations”. (FAO, Forest Connect, FFF). It will bring together representatives of forest producer organizations from around the world as well as service providers and government representatives to discuss the experiences of different types of forest producer organizations, the role of support platforms/services and the legal, policy and institutional environment required for successful producer organizations. The main objective of the conference is to strengthen the sustainable management of forested landscapes by smallholders and communities through forest producer organizations. Participation on invitation only. For more information please contact: forest-farm-facility@fao.org. [more]
Nepal - National Workshop on the Baseline Study and FFF Implementation 3 July 2013 The main objective of the workshop was to develop and agree on a modality for implementation of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) in Nepal which is acceptable to all the concerned stakeholders. More precisely, participants reviewed the recommendations of the baseline study regarding the existing forest and farm producer organizations and cross sectoral government platforms in Nepal in order to assess the situation in terms of potential gaps and needs that could be supported by the FFF in one of its two main pillars: i) organization of producers for policy dialogue and business development and ii) cross-sectoral government coordination. Around 60 participants including high level representatives from different government agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations, academicians, private sectors, consultants and different concerned stakeholders passionately participated in the workshop. Gorkhapatra Online Press Release: http://www.gorkhapatraonline.com/trn/%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%B8%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AB%E0%A4%B2/2814-workshop-on-forest-and-farm-facility-in-nepal-concludes.html IUCN Asia Press Release: http://iucn.org/about/union/secretariat/offices/asia/asia_where_work/nepal/?13288/Workshop-for-the-implementation-of-the-Forest-and-Farm-Facility-in-Nepal [more]
25 June 2013 It is vital for FAO to act in tandem with partners from the international community, the private sector and foundations to overcome food insecurity and malnutrition, increase agricultural production while protecting the environment, reduce rural poverty, support inclusive and efficient food systems, and increase communities’ resilience to threats and crises. The stories in the package " Partnering for Results" ( http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i2940e/i2940e00.htm ) show what can be achieved when FAO swings into action. They describe what FAO has introduced, what it has improved and, most of all, what it has left behind in working with its partners and contributing to food and nutrition security and sustainable resource management. In this brochure, the NFP Facility hosted by FAO, Forestry Department is presented as one success story of empowering forest stakeholders to participate in policy decisions and access financing. The new FFF is building on NFP Facility’s success in establishing stakeholder groups and giving foresters a larger voice in the government. [more]
24 May 2013 This Call for Proposals is being issued by FFF in cooperation with the Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-conservation Network (MERN) and is intended to support the formation and strengthening of smallholder producer groups in forest landscapes. Applicants are requested to contact Aung Thant Zin, MERN Fund Manager at mern.myanmar@gmail.com for the proposal template and any further information. Proposals should be emailed to MERN. The deadline for submitting the proposals to MERN is 17 hrs, Yangon time, 19 June 2013. Details on eligibility, criteria for grant selection and proposal template can be found, under Myanmar information, clicking on this page: [more]
16 May 2013 In this event, Mrs. Sophie Grouwels, FFF/FAO Officer, introduced the FFF mission and concept. After that national facilitators of 2 pilot countries (Mr. Edward Suloe from Liberia, and Mr. Ogden Rodas from Guatemala) exchanged early experiences on the implementation of the FFF. They presented the country outcomes they plan to achieve and the first activities. Mr. Jhony Zapata, FFF/FAO Officer, explained the FFF potential in Myanmar. Feedback was received from other FFF pilot countries, and FAO staff. Discussion took place on ways of working together, in particular with colleagues from the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division. More information and Presentations can be found clicking on this link: [more]
Myanmar - Launching Workshop 2 May 2013 Both government and civil society representatives welcomed the launching of the FFF in Myanmar and endorsed its mission of support for smallholder producer organization to provide business incentives and policy voice for sustainable forest landscapes. The on going reforms on the new Forest Law may create the space for forest and farm producer groups for business. The new emphasis of the FD on people centred approaches for bottom-up poverty reduction, and securing rights for smallholders. The twofold approach of (i) piloting producer group formation and organisation in which FD will contribute in the process and (ii) using lessons from those pilots to catalyse cross-ministerial dialogue on solutions to policy constraints was felt to be the way forward for the government cross-sector coordination. A process involving the following steps was proposed by stakeholders and agreed at the launching workshop: (i) a transparent and inclusive call for proposals with initial selection of pilot areas for supporting producer organisation for business, (ii) at the end of the six months implementation a workshop with the participation of the established producer groups, civil society, business and governmental partners to share and discuss the experiences and identify ways of moving forward with the implementation of business oriented CFUG organizations, (iii) grants over longer periods will be available in future calls for the established producer groups for enhanced business development and policy dialogue. Working groups in the launching workshop identified a range of business opportunities for forest and farm producer groups, including timber production, wood energy, non-timber forest products (including medicinal plants), agricultural crops, and including aquaculture. Private sector present at the workshop express interest in engaging, providing technical support, and buying product from producer groups in key product areas to secure sustainable future sup... [more]
9 April 2013 Under the Regional News, Launching Workshops of the FFF pilot countries are reported. [more]
Gambia - Launching workshop 13 March 2013 The need for more cross/sectoral integration of the forest sector and strengthening of local producers organisations were the main issues discussed during the lauching workshop (11-13 March) for FFF support . Gambia has started developing an integrated approach in managing landscape resources with the Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) Policy 2009-2015, elaborated through nation wide consultative processes at local, regional and national level. A working group (coordinated by the National Environmental Agency) including agriculture and environment constituencies was created to make sure the policy encompassed all relevant aspects related to iron out the land use -conflicts between forest and agriculture and others. It is proposed that this working group be strengthened by the FFF. Participants agreed on the urgent need to review the administration process regarding forest ownership transfer to Communities. In addition, it was agreed that the National Coordinating Organization for Farmers Associations of The Gambia (NACOFAG) will be the focal point for the FFFacility, being a national coordination umbrella representing all key producer platforms of the country. [more]
Liberia - Launching worksop 8 March 2013 In order to strengthen cross-sectoral integration of the forest sector, it is proposed that continued support be provided to the established National Forest Forum (NFF), to improve the participation of the stakeholders in the Forum. Suggestions such as changing the name to better present the cross sector objective and mandate were discussed. The venue of the Forum will also circulate between the key ministries involved in order to broaden the ownership outside the Forestry Development Authority (FDA). A process involving the County Forest Forums (CFF) was proposed by the producer groups and approved at the “launching” workshop to strengthen local forest and farm organizations. It will start with an identification and mapping exercise on the existing producer groups to better understand how the FFF could support the organizing of producer groups for business/enterprise purpose. [more]
Nepal - Launching workshop 16 February 2013 The Introductory Meeting of the Forest & Fram Facility in Nepal took place on Saturday, 16 February in Kathmandu. Around 25 stakeholders participated to set up priorities for FFF support focused on forestry communities rights. [more]
Nicaragua - Launching Workshop 12 February 2013 The Launching Workshop was held on 11-12 February to discuss the relevance of the FFF with Government institutions and farmer organizations, and to identify the relationship of the FFF with the national public policies in Nicaragua. The FFF will support cross-sectoral fora at national level as well as at departmental and municipal levels in a few prioritized departments. The pilot areas should be selected based on their relevance to thematic issues prioritized by the Government and FAO like; food security, water, and the related introduction of agroforestry and silvipasture production systems. The following steps for initiating FFF suppport were agreed during the Workshop: FFF at national level will strengthen the PRORURAL platform which currently includes MAGFOR, INAFOR ,MEFCA and INTA. At departmental level, support to strengthening producer organizations will be initiated in both RAAN and Corredor Seco. [more]
Guatemala - Launching Workshop 10 February 2013 The Launching Workshop to set up priorities for FFF support was held on 7-10 February. Activities at both national level and in some selected pilot territories (department, municipality, community levels) will be identified. Pilot areas will be prioritized by government for key policy implementation of cross sectoral thematic issues like fuelwood, tourism, food security, water. Since the forest sector in Guatemala remains isolated and not integrated into the main national policies and initiatives, like the Agricultura Familiar, Hambre Cero and the Energy policy, FFF support will focus on cross/sectoral integration of the forest sector. A base line study will provide more info on existing cross-sectoral fora and the participation of the forestry sector in those. Support to strengthening producer organizations will be initiated through providing continued support to the Alianza. [more]
1 February 2013 The first, ad hoc, Steering Committee (SC) of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) met at FAO HQ in Rome from 10 to 11 January 2013. The following issues were discussed: funding situation, governance, management, monitoring, support mechanisms and modus operandi, and the slection of pilot countries. To download the Minutes, please click on the link [more]
11 January 2013 What is the value added of the FFF, knowing that there are so many international initatives currently working on Forests, Climate Change and related topics? Steering Committee members answer: [more]
11 January 2013 Steering Committee members have selected 6 pilot countries to start FFF activities in 2013. Latin America: Guatemala and Nicaragua Africa: Gambia and Liberia Asia: Myanmar and Nepal The selection of neighboring countries should facilitate exchange of experiences and learning and strengthen regional or sub-regional cooperation. [more]
1 January 2013 Application toolkit is available on the FAO website here: http://www.fao.org/employment/current-vacancies/senior-level/en/. Deadline for submission: 18 January 2103. Post description here: [more]
Nicaragua - Regional Forest Finance Meeting 22 November 2012 About 60 participants from eight Latin American countries (Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay Bolivia, and Mexico) attended the meeting in Managua with the main purpose to exchange knowledge and experiences on financing activities and credit programs by public and private banks for small agro-forestry producers. The meeting was co-organized by INAFOR, Banco Produzcamos of Nicaragua, FAO, the Forest and Farm Facility, GIZ and IUCN. The meeting was attended by senior managers of national development banks and forestry directors. For most participants from the financial sector this was the first time they attended an event where they had the opportunity to discuss with other bankers credit programs about forestry. The meeting also benefitted from the presentations of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), and IUCN. LAFISE, a large private bank, also attended the meeting. The Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques and FEPROAH also presented experiences of community forestry, their financing and institutional challenges, from the perspective of indigenous groups. [more]
Nicaragua - Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forest Meeting 22 November 2012 The FFF was presented during the meeting of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forest, held on 22 and 23 November 2012 in Managua, Nicaragua. The members of this Alliance welcomed the recently launched FFF, and look forward to collaboration with the FFF pilot countries in Latin America. The Alliance is interested in the exchange of experiences with other groups of South America and other regions of the world. The Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forest is a space for coordination and exchange for territorial authorities that manage or influence the major forested areas of Mesoamerica. Through the Alliance, indigenous governments and community forest organizations look to strengthen their own dialogue and focus on community management of natural resources. [more]
24 October 2012 The workshop "Hacia una estrategia para mejorar la competitividad del sector forestal de Paraguay y su financiamiento"was attended by national authorities e.g. the Minister of Finance, President of National forest Institute (INFONA) President of National development finance agency (ADF), Minister of the environment and decision making representatives of forest stakeholders such as the President of FEPAMA. The Minister of finance did a presentation about the importance of the forestry sector to the national development. After his presentation there were lively discussions. As output of the event the participants provided inputs to the plan to increase the competitiveness of the forestry sector and next steps were agreed. The minister of finance has decided to establish soon a Forest Finance Intelligence and Investment Unit. This unit will belong to the Ministry of Finance and will support the integration of forestry with other sectors coordinating with the Ministry of economy and enterprises, INFONA, SEAM, and financial sector. [more]


Launching the Forest & Farm Facility (FFF) - COFO at FAO HQ

28 September 2012

Under the chairmanship of Richard China, Director, Policy and Programme Development Support Division (TCS), a panel of eight key Facility partners engaged with more than 100 participants ranging from forestry officials representing NFP Facility member countries, to donor representatives and civil society organizations as well as FAO colleagues.

On behalf of the Facility Manager, Jerker Thunberg, a short presentation was given by Johan Lejeune, Sophie Grouwels and Jhony Zapata on the transition of the NFP Facility towards the F&FF and its new focus. Participants learned that the new programme will be premised on a landscape approach of sustainable forest and farm management, with the emphasis on supporting local, regional, national and international organizations and platforms to ensure that any undertakings related to policies and investments are effective, inclusive and meet the needs of local people. Members of the selective panel included representatives of several civil society organizations, a government, the World Bank, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - all core partners of the Facility. All made brief statements on the relevance of the F&FF from their particular perspective and on how they intend to collaborate and contribute to the realization of its goals.

Summing-up remarks were made by Eva Muller, Director, Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division (FOE), who highlighted that the F&FF will directly and concretely contribute to all of FAO’s new Strategic Objectives. She passed the last word to Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO Forestry Department, who said that FO was very pleased to host the Facility.  He then declared the new programme officially “launched”.

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