Forest and Farm Facility (FFF)
Forest and Farm Facility
Building on the work of National Forest Programme (NFP) Facility and Growing Forest Partnership (GFP), a new global initiative called Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) has been launched recently by FAO, IUCN, IIED and the World Bank. Funded through multiple agencies and planned to be executed in some three dozen countries across the world, the FFF will initially be implemented in six pilot countries of Africa (The Gambia & Liberia), Asia (Myanmar & Nepal), and Latin America (Guatemala & Nicaragua).
FFF was officially launched on 28 September 2012 during the 21st Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO). Drawing on the lessons learned from both the NFP Facility in 80 partner countries and the closely related Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) Programme, the new Facility will address the remaining challenges in NFP implementation. In addition, it will support brand new initiatives to help countries improve their governance structures at different levels (local, national and regional) to achieve sustainable forest landscape management, whilst boosting food security and promoting climate-smart agriculture.
Funded through multiple agencies and planned to be executed in some three dozen countries across the world, the FFF will initially be implemented in six pilot countries of Africa (The Gambia & Liberia), Asia (Myanmar & Nepal), and Latin America (Guatemala & Nicaragua). Its mission is “support for smallholder producer organization to provide business incentives and policy voice for sustainable forest landscapes”. Its work will focus on two interrelated pillars: a) organize producer groups for business development and policy engagement; (b) facilitate cross-sector dialogue on how to improve the enabling environment for producer group business at government level. FFF will support countries to facilitate strong and equitable organizations and networks amongst smallholders, women groups, communities and Indigenous Peoples, enabling them to:
- Make their voices heard in policy making processes at local, regional, national and global levels on forest and farm related issues, like food security, SFM, climate change, bioenergy and water.
- Have increased capacity and opportunity to access financing and investments for forest and farm development.
It will support national and sub-national governments to:
- Establish multi -sectoral platforms (through dialogues, information and capacity building) to better-coordinate the various ministries, private sector and civil society stakeholders involved in, or affected by, policies and activities related to forest and farm management like food security, SFM, climate change, bio energy and water.
In Nepal, an introductory meeting of the FFF was organised in February 2013 in which senior officials representing concerned government, non-government, civil society organizations as well as representatives of FAO, IIED, International Forest and Farm Family and Global Alliance for Community Forestry, participated. The Meeting was chaired by Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, with Mr. Yubaraj Bhusal, Member Secretary of the National Planning Commission, as the Chief Guest. A report highlighting major discussion points of the meeting was produced and shared with the workshop participants. This was followed by a national level baseline study which was conducted in May 2013. Following the baseline study, a two-day national validation workshop was organized in July 2-3, 2013 to further plan for the implementation of FFF in Nepal.