Small-scale forest and farm producers

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Anneli Rogeman, CEO of We Effect, and FAO’s José Graziano da Silva.

Sweden’s We Effect and FAO to support small-scale forest and farm producers

Joint effort to strengthen national policies and capacity building in eight countries – Director-General meets Swedish partners

FAO and the Swedish-based development cooperation organization We Effect have agreed to work together to strengthen small-scale forest and farm producers’ organizations in developing countries so they can access land and markets and improve the livelihoods of their members.

A partnership agreement signed today will initially involve eight countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia for a period of three years.

The forestry sector provides employment to over 50 million people, many of them banded together in community groups or producer organizations. However, they along with many other small-holder family farmers in different sectors face a number of hurdles, including weak tenure rights to land and forests, and often lack key skills that would help them make the most of their activities.

Addressing such challenges will be at the heart of the new partnership announced today.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.