Saving our future: investing in locally led diversification for climate resilience and food security. Conference highlights
This report provides some highlights from the international conference for sharing and learning with forest and farm producer organisations organised from 22 to 26 September 2022 by the Forest and Farm Facility with the Viet Nam Farmers’ Union.
Delegates from 32 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America – including government officials and forest and farm producer organisation representatives – took part in the event held under the theme ‘Saving our Future: investing in locally-led diversification for climate resilience and food security’.
The conference provided a common understanding of challenges faced by grassroots organisations and shared lessons learnt on developing climate-resilience business models, for example through the diversification of seeds, value chains, products, financing mechanisms and markets.
At the innovations share fair organised during the conference, forest and farm smallholders displayed forest and non-wood timber products from their farms contributing to climate resilience and food security. Attendees also participated in a two-day exchange visit to five cooperatives in Yen Bai and Bac Kan Provinces to help stimulate upscaling of good practices across the global network of grassroots organisations.
Recommendations from the conference, which were shared with the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) Global Forum ,included a call to recognise forest and farm producer organisations as key actors in policy formulation and implementation, and equal partners in the development of climate-financing mechanisms.
The conference provided a rare opportunity for smallholders from all over the world, some from remote areas, to network, learn from each other and build a unified grassroots voice.
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