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Developing bankable business plans for sustainable forest-based enterprises









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    Making local forest-based businesses bankable
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    Investments in sustainable forest management and forest-based value chains have major climate and development benefits. These investments are critical to drive a transition towards a greener, healthier and more resilient future, and achieve the SDGs. Public resources alone are not enough to achieve these goals and now, more than ever before, it is essential to leverage private capital. Dialogues between local forest producers and private investors have clarified the constraints that developing countries face in mobilizing private investments. A key constraint is the limited pipeline of project proposals that meet minimum investment criteria, provide sufficient detail, and/or have clearly assessed risks and ways to manage them. A consistent recommendation from such dialogues is that small and medium forest producers need improved skills to properly value their assets, position and integrate into value chains, scale up their operations, and develop sound business plans. FAO and partners have taken on the challenge to promote inclusiveness and sustainability in forest value chains and finance. In this paper we summarize the content of a 10-module learning guide to help producers develop bankable business plans. We then discuss some lessons learned from supporting local forest producers in Kenya and Uganda in the application of the guide. Among these lessons are aspects of business planning that are especially important to support forest and landscape restoration. We then offer recommendations on what development actors can do to scale up the development of bankable business plans in the forest sector. Keywords: forest-based businesses; sustainable forest management; private investments; business development; bankability. ID: 3486959
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    Small and medium enterprises and nutrition - Upgrading business models 2022
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    This fact sheet describes the second of a series of two e-learning courses on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and nutrition. In this course, you will learn an approach to integrate nutrition into SME business models, in order to make food systems more nutrition sensitive.
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    Small and medium enterprises and nutrition - making the business case
    E-learning fact sheet
    2021
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    This fact sheet describes the first of a series of two e-learning courses on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and nutrition. In this course, you will discover the business case for leveraging SMEs - and particularly those engaged in the post-production stages of the value chain - to make food systems more nutrition-sensitive.

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