Micro, small and medium-scale forest enterprises
Forest producer organizations
More than 1.5 billion smallholders throughout the world depend on forest and farm landscapes to produce food, fuel, timber and non-wood forest products (NWFPs) to meet their subsistence needs and generate cash income. Advancing the recognition of smallholders, local communities and indigenous peoples’ land and resource rights is important for governments to meet various international commitments. Although 76% of the world’s forested area are under direct state control, much of it is managed under community and customary systems. Many of these smallholders and community groups are mobilized to work collectively in different types of producer organizations.
©Marvin Camposeco, Momostenango, GuatemalaProducer organizations are formal or informal associations that use forests, lands and natural resources; build enterprises and value chains for forest products; and increase income and well-being while reducing poverty. If provided with adequate policy support, as well as access to finance and technical capacity, forest producer organizations can constitute efficient vehicles to achieve ambitious goals at landscape levels for building rural prosperity while also meeting environmental sustainability goals.
FAO Forestry’s work on producer organizations promotes the development of policies and strengthens the capacity of organizations to improve their governance, gender equality, market access and sustainability.
FAO’s main activities on forest producer organizations include:
@FAO/Issifou Aboudoumisamilou, Tove Ati, Togo
José Díaz Díaz
Tel.: +39 06 57050683