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Forest business incubation

Towards sustainable forest and farm producer organisation (FFPO) businesses that ensure climate resilient landscapes










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    Access to finance for forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) 2018
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    Forest landscapes are inhabited by approximately 1.5 billion people. The aggregate gross annual value of these smallholder producers approaches US$1.3 trillion. Adding value to that production, through financial investment, will be key to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, access to finance is an important issue. The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) commissioned this scoping paper to assess what might be done to improve access to finance. Organisation of forest and farm producers allows finance to be channelled toward valueadded investments. But the motivation to form forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) varies with context, from the desire to secure resource rights for Indigenous peoples in the forest core, to the desire to strengthen economic scale efficiencies in periurban forest product processing industries. The scale and type of finance needs vary and span enabling investments (grants or concessional loans)through to asset investments (market-rate capital that requires a return). Access to finance for FFPOs requires tailored approaches. For FFPOs, enabling investments in four key areas are needed to create the conditions and necessary track record to attract asset investment: (i) secure commercial rights; (ii) strong organisation for scale; (iii) appropriate technical extension; and (iv) fair market access and business incubation. Enabling investments of this sort make FFPO businesses bankable and affords them access to finance.
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    SFI education and job matching programs expand and deepen youth connection to forests and build future forest and conservation leaders
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) believes that building a next generation of leadership that will take responsibility for solving environmental challenges is one of the best investments a society can make. Promoting an appreciation for the natural world is a key component of SFI’s work because it helps ensure youth can be effective future leaders and have a strong understanding of the value of well managed forests.
    Project Learning Tree, SFI’s environmental education program, advances environmental literacy, stewardship, and career pathways using trees and forests as windows on the world. Encouraging children to spend time outside improves creativity, imagination, academic achievement, and overall health and fitness.
    PLT tools, resources and training are designed for educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through college and university. PLT’s Nature Activities for Families offers fun and easy-to-do activities are perfect for parents and grandparents to help introduce children to nature. For educators, PLT has recently released Explore Your Environment, K-8 Activity Guide to support learning from grades K through 8. It includes online professional development to train educators and those that engage with youth in using the resource. Project Learning Tree Canada is Connecting Youth with Green Jobs and Forest Mentors
    PLT Canada is committed to using the outdoors to engage youth in learning about the world around them—in rural, Indigenous and urban communities—and advancing environmental literacy, stewardship, and career pathways.

    By 2022, in partnership with the Government of Canada, PLT Canada will have supported over 5,000 green jobs in the forest and parks sectors. Our expanding mentorship program connects youth directly to forest and conservation sector professionals. These SFI education programs provide opportunities for forest leaders to build bridges to future generations. Keywords: Youth and young generation, Education, Sustainable forest management, Decent employment ID: 3478920
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    Agribusiness incubation and acceleration landscape in Africa
    Role of agribusiness incubation in promoting agricultural entrepreneurship and enterprise development
    2023
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    This report aims at providing an overview of the agribusiness incubation and acceleration landscape in Africa. The study is a joint effort between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Agripreneurship Alliance. The study mapped and analysed over 430 enterprise support organizations (ESOs) from across the continent. The high-level analysis was complemented by deep dives of incubation programmes implemented by 16 ESOs. The key messages and findings from the study were shared with key stakeholders through five subregional webinars organized over the course of 2020–2021, gathering inputs from over 1 000 individuals representing enterprise support organizations, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurs and policymakers. The findings and recommendations presented in this report provide practical guidance to policymakers, practitioners and development partners seeking to maximize the impact of agribusiness incubation programmes in Africa.

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