BONN, Germany (21 April 2020) – The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) has become the latest Charter Member of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), expanding the Forum’s charter membership base while furthering the synergies between the organizations.
Both share a deep commitment to resolving major challenges related to food security, adequate nutrition, livelihoods and landscapes – challenges arising from the global climate crisis. In fact, Food and Livelihoods is the 2020 theme threaded throughout GLF’s efforts this year.
The WFO’s objective is to create the conditions for the adoption of policies and programs that can improve the economic environment and livelihoods of producers and rural communities, strengthening the contribution of agriculture in tackling the challenges humankind faces.
“Joining the Global Landscape Forum represents a tremendous opportunity for us, farmers of the world, to contribute to and enrich the debate with our experience from living and working on the land and with nature. There is a lot we can exchange and learn from each other with the other GLF partners,” said Theo de Jager, President of the WFO. “Breaking siloes and working together with all the relevant stakeholders is the only way to get effective solutions for a sustainable future that everyone can benefit.”
The GLF and the WFO also share a fundamental belief that many solutions to development and restoration challenges already exist in the landscape and in the knowledge and experience of the people who have been living and working in these landscapes for generations.
“We are very happy to count WFO among our Charter Members. Our platform will be profoundly enriched by the extensive experience of their membership on the ground and their knowledge with regard to sustainability, agriculture and nutrition, and landscapes,” said John Colmey, GLF Managing Director.
Both organizations are engaged in efforts building towards the U.N. Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, which begins in 2021.
For more information, please contact:
Melissa Kaye Angel
Global Landscapes Forum, Center for International Forestry Research
Valeria Di Marzo
WFO | O.M.A.
The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) is a member-based association, bringing together national farmers’ organizations and agricultural cooperatives from all over the world. The WFO mission is to represent the farmers’ voice and advocate on their behalf in all relevant international processes affecting their present and their future, ranging from the global dialogue on agriculture to nutrition and sustainability. This includes Climate Change negotiations (COP), Committee on World Food Security (CFS), United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework), IFAD’s farmers’ forum, AMR debate (OIE, FAO, WHO), trade (WTO), and many more.
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihood initiatives, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with its co-founders UN Environment and the World Bank and Charter Members. Charter members: CIRAD, CIFOR, Climate Focus, Conservation International, Ecoagriculture Partners, The European Forest Institute, Evergreen Agriculture, FSC, GEF, IPMG, CIAT, ICIMOD, IFOAM – Organics International, INBAR, IUFRO, Rainforest Alliance, Rare, Rights and Resources Initiative, UN Environment, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation part of Wageningen Research, World Agroforestry, World Resources Institute, WWF Germany, Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), World Bank Group, World Farmers’ Organisation.