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Forest positive action and community resilience in smallholder farming landscapes

  1. 1. Forestpositiveactionand community resilienceinsmallholder farming landscapes ConvenedandfacilitatedbytheInnovationAccelerator,partofInnovationForum Howclimatetargetscandrivesocialempowerment,andviceversa. Anactionresearchcoalitiontocreatearoadmapforeffectiveaction
  2. 2. THE PROJECT Thisprojectbuildson ourpreviouswork Continuingourworkon smallholdersupplychains  Last year’s research broughttogetherinsightsfromarangeof different smallholder commoditysupplychains  It identifiedaclear set ofissueswhichneedtobeaddressedif thesesupplychains aretobemadegenuinelysustainable  Wearenow applyingthelessonslearnedtospecificlocationsto driveeconomicgrowth andresilienceinruralcommunities Turning‘forest positive’strategiesintoaction  How doscope3emissionschangethewaylargecompanies interact with their supplychains?  It’s peoplewhoprotect forests,sobeingforestpositivemeans beingpeoplepositive It’speople who protect forests, so being forest positive means being people positive 2
  3. 3. KEY ISSUES Theissueswearetackling Smallholdermarket access  Facilitatingaccess to better markets, for examplethrough direct sourcingbyfoodbrands, or enteringpremium localsupplychains Developmentofresilient ruralcommunities  Exploringpotential alternativeincome streams,nowandinthe future Carbonasaresources driverforprotectionand restoration  Carbonsequestration asafarmerproduct andquantificationand managementofScope 3 emissions 3
  4. 4. MARKET ACCESS Smallholdermarket accessempowerment Smallholders encouragedtodiversifyawayfromrelianceonone corecrop, forexamplecocoaorcoffee  How cantheygainaccess topremiummarketsfortheseadditional crops inorder tomaximiseincomes?  How couldamorejoined-upapproachfocusongreaterquantity infewer additionalcrops?  Brands want tobuy3/4 commoditiesfromonelandscape. How is this tobeachieved?  What other markets maybeavailable,forexamplelarge multinationals inthecountry? Smallholders encouragedtodiversify awayfromreliance ononecorecrop,for examplecocoaorcoffee 4
  5. 5. THE ISSUES Resilient ruraldevelopment Is diversification ofcrops, andreaching bettermarkets enough, orwillgreater changes beneededin thelongerrun?  Ifso, what arethese? What might happen in termsofdevelopinga morediversifiedrural agriculturaleconomy  Fewer, larger, andmoreefficientfarms supportingother employmentcreation Whatinstitutionalchallengesarethere, forexample,landtitleregulation?  Howcanthesebeaddressed? Whatelse?  Linksbetweendifferentagriculturaland commercialsectors? 5
  6. 6. CARBON Carbonasaresourcesdriverfor protectionandrestoration Many companies have‘forestpositive’strategies,buttheseoftenlack operational detail  Wewillhelp turnstrategiesintotangibleactionon-the-ground How can carbon sequestrationbea‘product’whichsmallholder farmers can sell tointernationalmarkets?  Movingfrom exhortingsmallholdersnottodamagehabitats,to providingastrongincentivetoprotectthem Understandingthemechanicsofcarboncapture,measurementand accounting  Howcantechnologyandon-the-groundassetsbeusedtomeasurecarbon?  How cancarbonreductionsbeapportioned? Carbon sequestration istheprocessof capturingandstoring atmospheric carbondioxide.It’sone methodofreducing carbondioxideinthe atmosphere 6
  7. 7. PRACTICAL APPROACHES Agovernanceframework forchange  MAP EXISTING ACTIVITIES with smallholder farmers inasmallnumber ofpilot ‘landscapes’  USE THE FINDINGS ofour smallholder researchtodevelopa road-map togenuinesustainabilityforthe chosenlandscapes  PROVIDE A FORUM for collaborationandcollaborativeaction  WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL BUYERS todevelopmodelsfordirectsourcingfrom thefocallandscapes,includingengagement withlogisticsandtransportcompanies  EXPLORE THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY andothermeanstoassurechainofcustody forgoods,andtoprovidetransparencyon carboncapture 7
  8. 8. RESEARCH INTO ACTION What thisapproachwilldeliver  A convenortoturnaspirationandglobal policyintopracticalactionontheground  A truly ‘landscape’approach • Inseparabilityofthesocialand environmentalagendas • Buildingontheneedforcollaborative approaches  Address theonwardissuesinthesupply chain– betweenfarm gateandportside – which arelargelyneglectedbycurrent approaches  Enableend-to-endtraceability–notmass balance– ofproducefromfarmtoenduser  Shiftthe‘balanceofpower’insupplychains towardssmall-scaleproducers,soallowing themtobenefitfromagreaterproportionof thevalueoftheirgoods  Researchandhelpdefinepositiveincentives tofarmersforforestprotection  Providesourcingcompanieswith demonstrablecompliancewithemerging supplychainduediligencelegislation  Provideamarket-basedapproachto addressingsmallholdersupplychains,which willrespondtocoretocommercialpriorities, andintegratedintocoresystems 8
  9. 9. STRATEGY INTO PRACTICE Why isthisrelevant?  Current approaches tosustainabilityin smallholdersupply chainsarenotsolving theproblem:amorecollaborativeapproach is needed  Rural smallholdercommunitiesarestill not resilient:much oftheblameisplacedon brandcompanies. Our projectdemonstrates tangibleactiontoaddresstherootcausesof theproblem  Smallholderfarmers canbeasignificant driverofenvironmental degradation.This needs tobemanagedurgentlyinthecontext ofScope3emissions.  Strategyintopractice–policyinto practice:Scalablemodelsformaking forestpositivecommitmentsoperation ontheground  Beingabletodemonstrateleadershipin sustainabilitynowmeanscollaborationwith others  Connectingforestpositivestrategytothe landandthepeopleinrealplaces • Howtounderstandthepoliticaleconomy ofmakingthiswork • Thenacollaborativedevelopment approach 9
  10. 10. WHY JOIN US Reasonstojointhe InnovationAccelerator  DEMONSTRATE YOUR COMMITMENT torealchangeinsupplychains:policyinaction  JOIN UP YOUR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL TARGETS and objectives for genuineimpact:Forestand landscapecarbondeliverssocialprogress  BENEFIT FROM GETTING CREDIT for your commitment toourlargeand growingnetwork ofstakeholders,business executives, NGOs, policymakers,academics andothers  BECOME PART OF A CUTTING-EDGE ADVOCACY PLATFORM, the“Innovation Accelerator”runbyInnovationForum,who havedecadesofexperienceinconvening companiesandothersonsustainable supplychainissues  JOIN A MEANINGFUL COALITION forrealchange 10
  11. 11. JOIN OUR EXISTING PARTNERS What’shappeningrightnow? Theforest positiveaction andcommunity resilience project is already underway Indiscussionswithbrand companiesaboutdirect sourcing Partnerswilljoinduring 2021andworkwillbe ongoing Wearedevelopingtwo country pilots: • India(CottonConnect) • Indonesia(GoldenAgri Resources) Wearediscussingpilots withGIZandothers TheInnovationAccelerator: Benefitfromin-depth collaborationwithfellow members,sharelearnings andmaximisesupplychain resourceopportunities 11
  12. 12. Getinvolved – getintouch PeterStanbury Innovation Forum peter.stanbury@innovationforum.co.uk TobiasWebb InnovationForum tobias.webb@innovationforum.co.uk

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