Forest and Farm Facility Annual Report 2021
Forest and farm smallholders, who supply at least one-third of the world’s food, are confronting increasingly difficult climatic conditions – such as temperature extremes, more variable rainfall, droughts, storms and flooding. They also face policy uncertainties and sometimes wildly fluctuating markets, among other threats to their livelihoods.
The Forest and Farm Facility's (FFF) mission is to strengthen forest and farm producer organisations representing smallholders, rural women, forest communities and Indigenous Peoples as a means for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responding to climate change. It has been operating since 2012 and is now in its second phase (2018–25).
An independent mid-term evaluation of phase 2 conducted in 2021 was overwhelmingly positive, determining that the FFF:
- Is expanding global forest and sustainability narratives
- Is making good progress towards its planned outcomes
- Takes gender equity and Indigenous Peoples seriously, and
- Has well-organised approaches to monitoring, learning, communications and outreach.
This summary report illustrates these and other aspects of FFF work in 2021. It shows how the programme is continually improving, learning from its experiences, and adapting in the face of rapid change.
It describes the big successes, such as how FFF groundwork has helped attract and shape large donor projects and programmes. It also presents more local achievements, such as the ways in which the FFF and its partners are influencing subnational policies and helping smallholders increase their incomes and resilience. It explores the programme’s challenges and weaknesses and how these are being addressed.