Food Coalition

Forest and farm resilience

The COVID-19 crisis is having a particularly strong impact on the lives and livelihoods of rural producers, including many of the poorest people in forest areas worldwide. Restrictions on movement, social-distancing rules and shut-downs are affecting producers, processors, traders and transport companies in food and natural-resource supply chains. The loss of jobs and income is reducing people’s ability to buy food, reducing farmers’ pay, while urban-to-rural return migration is increasing the pressure on land and forest resources. Illegal logging and mining, land grabbing, and rural violence seem to be increasing with fewer government officials in the field.

Indigenous people are among the most vulnerable. Women also bear a particularly heavy burden as primary caregivers and producers, as well as victims of domestic violence. Remote communities and indigenous people are the last to know about threats and to receive support. Fortunately, many small-scale family farmers, indigenous people and producers, both women and men, are acting to find solutions through their own Forest and Farm Producer Organisations (FFPOs). FFPOs offer services and information to enhance their members’ capacity to maintain their businesses and livelihoods, shape better policies, and restore and sustain landscapes at scale. They also provide solidarity and social support systems, drawing on traditional knowledge and experience, and lead collective responses for recovery and rehabilitation.

Priority Areas of work: Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to Reduce Poverty
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-being, 5. Gender Equality, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10. Reduced Inequality, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, 17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Level: Global
Country: Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Togo, Vietnam, Zambia
Budget: USD 10 million

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