Empowering marginalized voices: The global Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program

As we head to Vancouver to join a gathering of environmental leaders from 185 countries at the 7th GEF Assembly next week, we are reflecting on why this presents a key opportunity for women and others working on gender issues and food systems change.

Link: Gender Plenary-FOLUR-Annual Meeting 2023.pdf25.09 MB

Annual Meeting 2023: Acting on critical gender issues in FOLUR countries

At the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR) annual meeting held in Sao Paulo, Brazil with country project team participants from 24 countries, a session on innovative approaches to gender integration in FOLUR interventions was held.

Link: Gender Plenary - Annual Meeting 2023.pdf25.09 MB

FOLUR Spring Update 2023

The FOLUR Spring Update reflects activities of partners and countries, and includes spotlight profiles detailing innovations in Brazil, Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Uzbekistan. The highlight of the season was the Annual Meeting jointly hosted by the Brazilian Government in Sao Paulo, where country…

Link: FOLUR-Spring-Update-2023-update.pdf4.13 MB

A presentation on the W+ Standard by founder Jeannette Gurung

A unique framework developed by Jeannette Gurung, the founder and executive director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), was designed to certify projects that create increased social and economic benefits for women participating in environment,…

Link:Bringing women's empowerment to markets: A chat with W+ founder Jeannette Gurung

Link: W+ presentation PROGREEN FOLUR webinar_2 Feb 2023 .pptx15.92 MB

Annual Report: Sowing the Seeds for Scaled Up Ambition and Impact

As projects began to get underway, FOLUR entered a new stage over the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which ended in June. Through inception workshops, the development of introductory materials, work with implementing agencies,  public and private sector dialogues began to flourish, and private sector…

Link: 91775 FOLUR Annual Report.pdf4.06 MB

IFC practices for sustainable investment in private sector livestock operations

There are seven fundamental practices that inform International Finance Corporation (IFC) investments in livestock and aquaculture projects. IFC works with clients to help them transition to operations that follow these practices, which must underpin their activities, during the course of the…

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Link: IFC-practices-for-sustainable-investment-in-private-sector-livestock-operations.pdf5.83 MB

FOLUR comes to Indonesia

FOLUR in Indonesia is led by the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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Small-scale producers in sustainable agri-food systems transformation

If the world is to transition towards agri-food systems that are more sustainable and equitable, small-scale production systems will be key to progress. Large parts of the world depend on small-scale systems for maintaining food security and nutrition. Despite this centrality, neither small-scale…

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How we can achieve sustainable wood fuel production in sub-Saharan Africa

Sixty percent of households in sub-Saharan Africa use wood fuel to cook, boil water and preserve food, but unsustainable wood fuel production and trade is depleting and degrading forests and trees. In a session at the 2020 GLF Bonn Digital Conference, experts explored how to promote more…

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Increasing local impacts

Less than 2 percent of all climate finance flows are currently channeled to small-scale farmers, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Nature-based solutions (NbS) have the potential to reconcile social, economic and environmental interests. If financed at the level…

Link:From finance commitments to bold action

Rethinking supply chains

Today, businesses are under increasing pressure to avoid or reduce their carbon emissions and their negative impacts on landscapes and biodiversity. Food producing businesses alone account for roughly one fourth of global supply chain emissions. When it comes to deforestation, according to a 2021…

Link:Transforming business practices to enable ecosystem restoration

Investment cases for inclusive food systems

Smallholder communities, co-operatives and small enterprises produce up to 60 percent of the world’s food. They also meet their own demands for fuelwood, fodder and other tree and forest products, trading surpluses locally and beyond.

Link:How international finance can better meet local needs and aspirations

What do you mean by ‘bioeconomy’?

In recent years, bioeconomy has emerged as a ‘silver bullet’ concept to halt deforestation, promote economic growth and reduce poverty in the Amazon. Despite this enthusiasm, there is little clarity about what exactly ‘bioeconomy’ means. Some critics argue that bioeconomy is just a new slogan for…

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The future of food

After global representatives met for the 2021 U.N. Food Systems Summit, five major action areas were formulated, each supported by multi-stakeholder commitments around food consumption and food production, including the Food is Never Waste initiative, the Healthy Diets Initiative, the Agroecology…

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Putting the food system at the top of the climate action agenda

Food systems cause about a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. How can we redesign them to solve the climate crisis? 

Link:How can we eat greener?

Building a forest-based economy in the Amazon

“The tipping point is here, it is now," say scientists Tom Lovejoy and Carlos Nobre. "A modern vision of the Amazon must include truly innovative elements to create profitable bioeconomies that would immediately eliminate illogical and short-sighted economies.” Amazon Conservation engaged in…

Link:How a bioeconomy can ensure the survival of Amazon’s biodiversity

Positive tipping points for food and land use systems transformation

The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) has developed a framework to guide actors in the triggering of positive tipping towards a desired system state. This framework has been co-developed by FOLU and the Global Systems Institute at Britain's University of Exeter. The framework will undergo testing…

Link: Positive-Tipping-Points-for-Food-and-Land-Use-Systems-Transformation.pdf7.7 MB

Why nature? Why now? How nature is key to achieving a 1.5 degree C world

Greenhouse gases are released through natural processes (e.g. decomposition of biomass) and as a result of human activity (e.g. the burning of fossil fuels). Some gases are naturally occurring (e.g. carbon dioxide) while others are human-made (e.g. the halocarbons). Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the…

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Pathways for food and land use systems to contribute to global biodiversity targets

Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are critical to our food systems. Biodiversity includes the wide diversity of genetic resources which underpin vibrant food systems. Pollinating animals like bees are so crucial for producing nutrient-rich crops that more than half of the population in some…

Link: Pathways-for-food-and-land-use-systems-to-contribute-to-global-biodiversity-targets-March-2022.pdf991.53 KB

From global commitments to national action: A closer look at Nationally Determined Contributions from a food and land perspective

The Food, Environment, Land and Development Action Tracker undertook a systematic analysis of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted before October 2021 by G20 members and key forested countries from the Food and Land Use coalition (FOLU) in advance of COP26. Together, they represent…

Link: From-COP-to-national-action-Assessing-the-NDCs-from-a-food-land-perspective.pdf9.86 MB

Transforming trade: A reform agenda toward sustainable food and land use systems

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that global trade in food reached $1.53 trillion in 2020, more than twice its level twenty years before. Trade in food is essential to meeting the needs of growing cities and food insecure countries worldwide. It enables a significant source of…

Link: Transforming-trade-a-reform-agenda-towards-sustainable-food-and-landuse-systems.pdf16.75 MB

Supporting women's empowerment in integrated landscape programs

A presentation by FOLUR and PROGREEN, a World Bank multi-donor trust fund, shared knowledge and lessons learned from inclusive landscape approaches ongoing in different environments empowering vulnerable groups.

Link: Womens Empowerment Webinar IWD Mar8 slides.pdf3.99 MB

Gender and inclusion in forest landscape restoration

A self-paced online course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of gender and social inclusion, and to build capacity for various stakeholders engaged in forest landscape restoration work. Learn more here.

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Four dimensional systemic change: Alignment and connectivity in reducing deforestation

Sustaining the world’s remaining forests and their biodiversity has been a priority for environmental policy and action for decades. Limiting deforestation is vital to meeting the Paris Agreement (Article 5) and is a central component of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of many…

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Causality assessment for landscape interventions

How do we reflect on whether our landscape or jurisdictional interventions are being effective? Would the changes we observe have happened anyway without our intervention/s? What can we do to increase our chances for impact? To address these key questions, the U.N. Development Programme developed…

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Roots of prosperity: The economics and finance of restoring land

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the benefits and costs of restoring forests and landscapes in countries around the world, demonstrating how smart policies and innovative financing can help governments meet their restoration targets. The authors find that finance, both public and…

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Developing gender-sensitive value chains: Guidelines for practitioners

What efforts need to be made to effectively mainstream gender in agri-food value chain projects and programmes? When can a value chain intervention be considered "gender-sensitive"? What actions can be implemented to address gender inequalities along the chain? These guidelines aim to respond to…

Link: FAO-Guidelines-Gender-Sensitive-VCs.pdf2.46 MB

Targeted Scenario Analysis: A powerful tool for sustainable development decision making

UNDP developed Targeted Scenario Analysis as a response to growing demand from decision makers and stakeholders for more policy-relevant sustainable development analysis to support national Sustainable Development Goals. Confronted with diverse policy, management and investment choices, decision…

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The business of planting trees: A growing investment opportunity

In recent years, hundreds of companies have entered the restoration industry. They represent a wide range of business models that deliver financial returns for investors while restoring forests and agricultural lands. This report profiles 14 businesses that are part of an emerging restoration…

Link: Business_of_Planting_Trees_Report.pdf5.8 MB

Good practices for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in climate-smart agriculture programmes

Women farmers are more exposed than men to climate variability and extremes, due to their limited entitlements and assets, and the restricted access to the social and natural resources required for adaptation and resilience building. In some communities it is only men who hold the right to…

Link: CARE-FAO-Good-Practices-Gender-Equality-in-CSA-Programs.pdf8.21 MB

Value beyond value chains: Guidance note for the private sector

This guidance note focuses on how companies can collaborate more effectively with governments in producer countries to create the enabling conditions for sustainable agricultural production. It has been produced for major producers and buyers of agricultural commodities. It is of particular…

Link: VBV-Guidance-Note.pdf12.45 MB

Mapping Social Landscapes: A Guide to identifying the networks, priorities, and values of restoration actors

This guidebook identifies the social capital of actors within the landscapes. It centers on two main approaches: 1) mapping actors’ resource flows and 2) mapping actors’ priorities and values. Co-written by World Resources Institute (WRI) international offices, this methodology has been tested in…

Link: 18_Guide_SocialMapping_FINAL3.pdf9.97 MB

Gender & Ecosystem Restoration: unlocking resilience for a post-2020 world

The urgency of degradation, which affects 1.5 billion people — from drylands to forests to coasts — is unprecedented and unrelenting. Gender gaps are pervasive – and undermine restoration goals, while gender-responsive action delivers results. Learn more here.

Link: cbd-gender-ecosystem-restoration-en.pdf1.64 MB

Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)

The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), developed by IUCN and WRI, is a framework developed for countries to conduct forest and landscape restoration opportunity assessments and to identify specific priority areas at a national or sub-national level. Learn more here.

Link: guide-to-roam.pdf4.58 MB

Farmers support system toolkit and scorecard

Including a practical Diagnosis Scorecard, the document provides guidance to sustainable commodity production practitioners from government, civil society and private sector on how to collaboratively assess and strengthen farmer support systems in order to achieve the broader goal of improving…

Link: Farmer-Support-Systems-Score-Card.pdf1.04 MB

Gender transformative good practices: A compendium of 15 good practices

The Compendium is a product of the Joint Programme on Gender Transformative Approaches for Food Security and Nutrition implemented by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme. It is funded by the European Union.

Link: Gender-Transformative-Good-Practices-FAO-WFP.pdf4.09 MB

Growing Better: 10 Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

A remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems exists, but as the challenges are growing, acting with great urgency is required. This global report from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) proposes a reform agenda – centered around ten critical transitions – of real actionable…

Link: FOLU-GrowingBetter-GlobalReport.pdf26.73 MB

The Road to Restoration

By declaring the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the United Nations recognizes that there are only 10 years left to restore the world's degraded land: Countries are striving to fight climate change by 2030 through Paris Agreement commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But in…

Link: wri-fao-guide-road-to-restoration.pdf6.2 MB