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Sweden's We Effect and FAO to support small-scale forest and farm producers

Staff writer |
FAO and the Swedish-based development cooperation organization We Effect have agreed to work together to strengthen small-scale forest and farm producers’ organizations in developing countries.

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A partnership agreement will initially involve eight countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia for a period of three years.

The forestry sector provides employment to over 50 million people, many of them banded together in community groups or producer organizations. However, they along with many other small-holder family farmers in different sectors face a number of hurdles, including weak tenure rights to land and forests, and often lack key skills that would help them make the most of their activities.

Addressing such challenges will be at the heart of the new partnership announced.

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