Small-scale livelihood models
Despite destroying both forests and forest-dependent peoples’ livelihoods, industrial scale logging and agriculture plantations are often presented as the only routes to pulling developing countries out of poverty. In fact, evidence from many countries shows that smallholder forestry and agriculture, when promoted by state policy and protected with secure land rights, can be much more effective at providing income, producing food, and protecting environmental quality for future generations.
Fern has been working with partners to develop and promote livelihood models that allow communities to manage land and produce goods themselves. This work has three components:
- Collecting data showing the economic, social and environmental benefits of small-scale production models, to allow civil society organisations to advocate for alternatives to the large-scale industrial production model currently promoted by many European donor institutions and developing-country governments.
- Collecting lessons from different countries’ experiences of small-scale livelihood models, to help inform the development of new models in other countries.
- Facilitating connections between people working on small-scale livelihood models in different countries, to enable them to learn directly from each other.
To find out more please read this feedback from a workshop Fern held in April 2014. Thirty participants from Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe met in Brussels to share their understanding and experience of community forestry, and develop action plans for their own countries. www.fern.org/communityforestry