FAO, FFF register tremendous efforts to strengthen forest communities

Monday, December 04, 2017

Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) is a partnership with a management team comprising staff of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and IIED.

It is guided by a steering committee with representatives from smallholder family forestry organisations, community forestry organisations, indigenous people’s organisations, the international research community, business development service provider organisations, the private sector, government, and donors.

Since the launching of FFF in The Gambia in March 2013, Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) were supported with capacity building programmes, access to Small Grants for improved businesses and involvement in Multi-stakeholders Policy Platform and Business.

The Multi-stakeholder policy platform strengthened and dealt with key ANR issues alongside forest tenure transfers in the form of enhanced Community Forestry.

Dr Mustapha Ceesay of FAO, said FAO support the process of handing over through the project Forest and Farm Facility (FFF).

The FFF support farmer-based organizations and producer groups to combat food security deforestation and to empower the farmers.

Climate Change was a cause for concern and the problem is caused by human nature and is getting worse in most African countries.

He said the FFF project is successful in The Gambia as their coordinator has made tremendous efforts of intervention for strengthening the efforts of the forest communities by building their capacity on livelihood skills.

FAO commitment to work with the Government of The Gambia and the Department of Forestry is to improve natural resources management in The Gambia and to implement the SDGs on climate resilient forest landscape for the benefit of local forest and farm communities.

Dr Ceesay added that FAO was currently implementing other projects that would continue to work with the department of forestry and the forest communities to facilitate the designation of more forest areas.

For his part, Kanimang Camara, NACO Director, who doubles as national facilitator of FFF, stressed that FFF project is based on three pillars that support farmers to be involved in policy processes and also to have market access.

Mr Camara disclosed that handing over forest parks to communities have to involve many stakeholders such as the lands survey, the justice department and the media.

He further disclosed that in 2015, they handed over more than 70 community forests and provided support to the department of forestry to ensure that more forest covers are handed over to the communities.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh
Source: Picture: National facilitator of FFF Kanimang Camara