Unlocking climate funding for forest and farm producers

@FAO/IssifouAboudoumisamilou14 December 2021, Rome – A new toolkit published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today aims to help connect national forest and farm producer organizations to climate change finance globally.

Worldwide, over 1.5 billion people depend on rural forest and farmland for their food and income. These people are often all-too-familiar with the adverse effects of climate change on their land and livelihoods.

However, within individual countries, forest and farm producer organizations, whose members often control large areas of land, are not always equipped to access climate funding easily. Only 10 percent of global funds reach the local level, with just 1.7 percent accessible to locally controlled organizations. Accessing climate funding can require complicated applications to government and finance authorities.

The new FAO toolkit defines activities and investments funded under climate change finance, such as diversifying land use, increasing access to crop insurance, and diversifying household income sources. The toolkit empowers producer organizations to present themselves as the right partners for financing. It also summarizes several multilateral and bilateral climate change finance programmes that could, in principle, be accessible to producer organizations.

“Producer organizations often represent tens of thousands of farmers in a given country,’’ said José Diaz, FAO Forestry Officer. “If they can access funding, they can be the catalyst for real change at the local level, and they can help reduce poverty, protect biodiversity, and restore forest landscapes.”

With support from the Forest and Farm Facility, a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and AgriCord, such grassroots organizations have leveraged funding from, for example, the Green Climate Fund, the Global Environment Facility, GIZ, USAID, government programmes, IKEA, and private and public banks.

Country government support is key to successful partnerships in climate change finance. Climate change leaders need producers as partners to realize their goals and commitments, and producer organizations can act as the critical “middleman” between financing and on-the-ground action.

A new briefing developed by the Forest Farm Facility, published by IIED, calls on donors to recognize locally controlled organizations as a force for climate resilience — globally as well as locally — and support scaling up their approach of supporting millions of members through collective investments.

“It is time for locally controlled organizations to take their place in a new climate resilience blueprint, as required beneficiaries and accredited partners for external climate finance,” said Duncan Macqueen, IIED Principal Researcher, Natural Resources.

last updated:  Tuesday, December 14, 2021