Forest positive action and community resilience in smallholder farming landscapes

Innovation Forum Publishing
Innovation Forum PublishingFounder, Innovation Forum
Forestpositiveactionand
community resilienceinsmallholder
farming landscapes
ConvenedandfacilitatedbytheInnovationAccelerator,partofInnovationForum
Howclimatetargetscandrivesocialempowerment,andviceversa.
Anactionresearchcoalitiontocreatearoadmapforeffectiveaction
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Getinvolved – getintouch
PeterStanbury
Innovation Forum
peter.stanbury@innovationforum.co.uk
TobiasWebb
InnovationForum
tobias.webb@innovationforum.co.uk
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Forest positive action and community resilience in smallholder farming landscapes

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Getinvolved – getintouch PeterStanbury Innovation Forum peter.stanbury@innovationforum.co.uk TobiasWebb InnovationForum tobias.webb@innovationforum.co.uk