How forest and farm producer organisations deliver social and cultural services
To meet the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs’) aim of leaving no one behind, governments must ensure vulnerable groups have access to social and cultural services. Many of these services are central to people’s wellbeing, empowerment and sustainable development — particularly for women. In remote forest landscapes, state service provision can be patchy, so access to social and cultural services for vulnerable groups is often through collective community action or local producer organisations. Indigenous people’s organisations in particular prioritise protecting and strengthening their members’ cultural identity and wellbeing. Research by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) highlights how forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) are providing many crucial social and cultural services, while also balancing economic and environmental trade-offs. They merit much greater government and donor support.