Smallholder communities, co-operatives and small enterprises produce up to 60% of the world’s food. They also meet their own demands for fuelwood, fodder and other tree and forest products, and trade surpluses locally and beyond. However, smallholders are rarely consulted when designing value chain- or conservation-driven investment initiatives, and such investments tend to benefit only those who directly contribute to company or donor goals. And though the local economy is stimulated, limited attention is given to the ‘the bigger picture’, including the need to move towards social equity and sustainable landscape management. Farmers also have limited access to finance for improving and diversifying their production, which would discourage the need to move to frontier areas.
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Publisher: Tropenbos International, Tropenbos Indonesia, Tropenbos Ghana, ECOTRUST, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) Kampala, Makerere University, CIFOR-ICRAF
Ecosystem(s): Forests, Agricultural Landbehavior climate change COP26 food systems forests positive tipping points restoration sustainable finance systems change