XV World Forestry Congress

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Rural finance, forest and farm producers and Indigenous Peoples at the centre of the 'green recovery'

May 5, 2022 | 11:30 AM KST - 1:30 PM KST

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Smallholder forest and farm producers, community forestry groups and small rural enterprises produce a variety of agricultural and forest products for their own consumption or sale in local markets, with a few ‘star’ products frequently feeding into larger value chains.

They make a substantial contribution to local and national food supplies, as well as nutritional security and sustainable livelihoods. These 'basket of products' support diversified and prosperous production systems from landscape mosaics, which ensure more sustainable food systems, improved nutrition and the retention and restoration of forests, family farms agroforestry and mountain ecosystems. This approach strengthens climate resilience, agro-biodiversity, bio-economies and risk mitigation.

Climate change requires a paradigm shift in food systems and a transition from traditional vertical value chains with negative impacts on the environment, to more ecofriendly and diversified production systems such as the ‘basket of products’ approach. To make this happen there is a need for more diversified and inclusive rural finance mechanisms.


This special event will review experiences and best practices for rural finance, Indigenous Peoples and producer enterprises actual and potential contributions to the green recovery. A greater understanding of the ‘basket of products’ approach and how to access diversified and inclusive rural finance mechanisms to support it will be shared.

highlevel dialogue speakers