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Time to connect forest and agricultural producer organizations





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    This toolkit does not provide a step-by-step guide for accessing global climate change finance, because the situation is very different in each country and a universally applicable checklist of steps to take is not possible to provide. However, the toolkit does provide a set of steps for apex FFPOs to figure out what they need to do in their particular country to set themselves up to access climate finance. The toolkit also provides a brief overview of actual practices that forest and farm producers can pursue. This overview is intentionally brief, partly because the main focus of the toolkit is access to climate change finance, and partly because what set of practices is appropriate for a given producer varies with geographic and socioeconomic conditions.
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    Towards self-sustaining and market-oriented producer organizations 2012
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    The middle class in many developing countries and regions is expected to continue its rapid growth, driven by improved economic policy and governance. Coupled with more business-friendly policies, population growth and rapid urbanization (McKinsey Global Institute, 2011), this sustained increase in consumer demand and spending means that today’s markets offer better opportunities for farmers, including small farmers. However, smallholders struggle to keep up with new market demands for larger vo lumes, consistency of supply and higher quality, finding themselves at a disadvantage because of their high transaction costs and low bargaining power. FAO has been working with a range of POs at the federation and district levels across the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)3 regions, to develop institutional mechanisms that improve smallholders’ equitable participation in value chains. Key outcomes of this work have been the identification of critical success factors for strengthening sm allholder organizational models and policy recommendations that promote self-sustaining and market-oriented producer organizations.

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