Training for Forest Committees, Producer Organisation, Field Staff underway
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), in collaboration with the Department of Forestry Monday began a four-day training on entrepreneurial skills for Community Forest, representatives of Producer Organisations and Forest Field Staff in Janjangbureh, CRR, funded by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
Addressing the participants, on behalf of the regional governor, the assistant record officer under the governor's office Wassabo Darboe said the importance of the training exercise cannot be over-emphasised, as he stated, the four-day interface seeks to address the capacity gap of the targeted groups on entrepreneurial skill, using elements of market analysis. He pointed out that as a department, it is important to build their capacities, such that this could access market potential for the products they are producing from the forest and farm landscape.
He thanked the leadership of the country for creating the enabling environment for the numerous development initiatives to thrive. He then implored on the participants to take the training with seriousness and make maximum use of the expertise of the trainers and also disseminate the knowledge gained from the session.
The national coordinator of Forest and Farm Facility Kanimang Camara said the funds were made possible through the partnership agreements and small grants with smallholders, women, community and indigenous peoples' producer organisations and governments at local, national, regional and international levels.
He noted that the FFF promotes cross-sectoral coordination and enhances the organisation and capacity of local people for forest and farm community's advocacy, livelihoods, and sustainable landscape management. He asserted that the forest and farm producers are women and men, smallholder families, indigenous peoples and local communities, who have a strong relationship with forests and farms within forested landscapes for their livelihood. He opined that they grow, sustainably manage, harvest and process a wide range of natural resources.
He said “coming together in a diverse array of traditional, informal and formal forest and farm Producer Organisations (Pos) help producers share knowledge and experience; engage in policy advocacy; secure tenure and access rights to forest, land and natural resources; improve sustainable forest and farm management; expand markets; build enterprises and increase income and wellbeing.”
Camara eluded that forest and farm producers' organisation may vary widely in size and institutional forms, focusing on forests or combinations of forest and farm related activities and may include indigenous people and local community organisations; tree rower and agro-forestry associations; forest owners' associations; producer cooperatives and companies; and their umbrella groups and federations.
Author: Lamin SM Jawo in CRR