Forest and Farm Facility

Webinar: Impacts, challenges and strategies of family farming to cope with COVID-19, 27 May, at 09.00 in Ecuador (GMT-5)

FAO together with the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) Secretariat, the Forest and Farm Facility, the FAO Regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO Strategic Objective 3 Reduce Rural Poverty and the FAO Office for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (OSS) launches a Series of Global Webinars “Towards Resilient Family Farming - Solutions from producer organizations”. The first event of the series will focus on impacts, challenges and strategies of family farming to cope with COVID-19. An exchange between regional organizations and platforms in Latin America and the Caribbean, and forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) from Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Uruguay will take place. This first webinar is an opportunity to learn about the perspectives of family farmers and producer organizations, and to exchange good practices, successful experiences and the solutions created to address the health crisis caused by COVID-19. 

In addition to the health measures adopted by governments, the pandemic caused by COVID-19 requires coordinated responses to protect the most vulnerable sectors and to maintain efficient, inclusive and resilient agri-food systems that are sensitive to food and nutritional security and sovereignty. Consequently, these responses are needed to mitigate the social and economic impacts, to rethink social and economic relationships in post-pandemic scenarios, and to ensure the continuity of the contribution of family farming.

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Guide of the material presented during the event.

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Programme Webinar 27 May 


Ecuador time



Responsible body

08:45 – 09:00

Sound/video check


09:00 – 09:05

Welcome to the first meeting

Marcela Villareal,

Director of the Division of Partnerships and South-South Cooperation

FAO Rome

09:05 – 09:10

Objective of the first meeting and general presentation of the programme

Jhony Zapata,

Forestry Officer


09:10 – 10:00

First part: Main impacts of COVID-19 on regional producer organizations and family farms


  • Alberto Broch. Representative. Confederation of Family Farmers Organizations of the Expanded Mercosur (COPROFAM) (Vice-President of the National Confederation of  Agricultural Workers (CONTAG)/Brazil)
  • Graciela Fernández. President. Co-operatives of the Americas (ACI) and the Uruguayan Confederation of Cooperative Entities (CUDECOOP)
  • Fausto Torrez. Operational Secretary. Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC) –La Via Campesina, Coordinator of International Relations of the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC) of Nicaragua and member of the Agrarian Reform collective of La Via Campesina.
  • Juan Diego Marín. Coordinator. Programa Diálogo Regional Rural (PDRR) (member of the Unión de Pequeños Productores Agropecuarios Costarricenses [UPANACIONAL, Costa Rican Union of Small Farmers]).            




Luiz Beduschi,

Territorial Development Policy Officer,

FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO-RLC)


10:00 – 10:40

Second part: Financial and savings solutions. Perspectives of  producer organizations on how to cope with COVID-19



  • David Cahuana. General Manager. El Ceibo cooperatives headquarters. (Bolivia)
  • Hugo Carrera. Project Coordinator. Unión de Organizaciones Campesinas de Cotacachi (Ecuador)
  •  Leonardo Delgado. General Manager. Federación de Cooperativas de las Verapaces (FEDECOVERA) (Guatemala)
  • María Verónica Piovene. Representative. Cerro Pelado Microcredit Committee (Uruguay)


10:40 – 10:50

Third part: Questions from the audience

10:50 – 10:55

Summary and going forward

Adriano Campolina,

Senior Policy Officer

Social Policies and Rural Institutions (ESP)

10:55 – 11:00

Closing of the first meeting

Jeff Campbell,

Manager of the FAO's FFF