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    Forest business incubation
    Towards sustainable forest and farm producer organisation (FFPO) businesses that ensure climate resilient landscapes
    2018
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    Forest business incubation is a support process that accelerates the successful development of sustainable businesses in forest landscapes. There is much to develop. The aggregate gross annual value from smallholder producers within forest landscapes may be as much as US$1.3 trillion. Forest business incubation should be a key mechanism to implement the Paris Agreement on climate and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It can strengthen economic inclusion of forest and farm producer organisation (FFPO) businesses, increase rural incomes to reduce poverty, diversify those incomes to improve climate resilience, and incentivise forest restoration and sustainable management to mitigate climate change. It can also help improve product availability for established businesses and customers, pool lower-risk investment opportunities for financiers, and help inform policymakers on how best to deliver a win-win-win for the economy, society and the environment. It is that important! Business incubation practice generally has expanded rapidly in recent years. Since the first recorded business incubator was founded in 1959, establishment has risen sharply to more than 7,000 today – primarily in urban centres. They are variably financed through client fees, other business income, public and private grants, and loans. Over time the concept has evolved from primarily one of shared space (first generation) to shared space and mentoring (second generation) to shared space, mentoring and networking (third generation). Business incubators respond to needs that especially occur in newer business such as the lack of premises, facilities, market information, technological knowledge, business-management experience, procedures, finance and legitimacy. Remote forest landscapes present challenges for business incubation. Beyond exacerbating basic business support needs, such landscapes offer low densities of educated entrepreneurs, high logistical costs, scarce infrastructure to differentiate products, and few capable business mentors. These challenges may explain the limited penetration of business incubation thinking into forest landscapes. Forest landscapes also require a different type of service delivery model, because shared space is not often practical, requiring much more attention to on-site client visits, virtual services and field exchanges. The content of this book seeks to show how such challenges can be overcome. Chapter 1 begins by defining and introducing ‘business incubation’ and explaining why forest business incubation might be so important. It also specifies why forest business incubation is so challengingly different from models of urban business incubation. In the subsequent Chapters 2–12, detailed case studies are presented of attempts to deliver business incubation services in forest landscapes. Each case study introduces the incubator and its context, describes its institutional design, details the services it offers, outlines how the incubator-client engagement process is managed, comments on how impact is measured, and concludes with some thoughts and tips on best practice.
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    Unlocking the potential of agriculture innovation for family farmers - Thematic catalogue for smallholder farmers to promote innovation 2018
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    TECA is an FAO online platform for the exchange and sharing of agricultural technologies and practices for smallholder farmers and producers. The platform facilitates the transformation process in rural areas by making relevant and innovative technologies available to farmers in the field. In doing so, TECA further enhances the access to knowledge of smallholder producers in rural areas increasing their capacity to innovate and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This catalogue promotes a set of successful innovations for farmers on the occasion of the FAO International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which will be celebrated in FAO Headquarters on 2123 November 2018. The technologies presented are concrete actions that have solved specific development challenges and promote sustainable and inclusive rural transformations. The technologies and practices are designed following the FAOTECA platform standards and have been tested and refined in the field. Each practice supports smallholder farmers and those providing advisory services to agricultural producers, to identify specific needs, select the correct practices and to implement technologies adequately. Developed with the help of FAO in cooperation with the FAO Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and other key partners, the GIZ, ICRAF, IFOAM and Swisscontact, this catalogue aims at illustrating how sharing knowledge may unlock innovation throughout the farming process.
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    Report of the knowledge exchange on the promotion of efficient rice farming practices, farmer field school curriculum development, and value chains, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 26-29 September 2016 2016
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    A total of 33 participants (10 women) participated in the Regional Rice Initiative – Workshop cum Study Tour on knowledge exchange on Farmer Field School curriculum development for promotion of efficient rice farming practices and value chains. Field visits were made to Sleman (Rice-Fish farming and “jajar legowo”) and Boyalali (organic rice value chains) organized by FAO Indonesia in collaboration with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and the international civil society organization Vredeseilanden (VECO) and its local partner CSO Aliansi Petani Padi Organik Boyolali (APOLLI). Following the study tour, the regional workshop was held to: (1) facilitate the regional exchange of knowledge and experiences on sustainable intensification of rice production, including Rice-Fish farming systems and rice value chains; and (2) take stock of Farmer Field School curricula currently available, introduce the FFS Guidance Document and identify opportunities for strengthening of the FFS cu rricula. The participants included representatives from government and civil society organization implementing partners and principal investigators engaged in results assessment in pilot RRI-Phase 2 countries (Indonesia, Lao PDR and Philippines). Results of the assessment studies will be communicated to national and local government for informing policy and for mobilization of funding support for up-scaling of the RRI Farmers Field Schools on Save and Grow-Sustainable Intensification of Rice Pro duction.

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