From Science to Action Webinar Series #1 Innovations to overcome barriers to access to finance for smallholders, SMEs and women

As a follow up from the FTA 2020 Science Conference, FTA and its managing partners are now developing a series of open webinars, extracting the highlights from the conference and bringing them to the public. The aim is to inform and support concrete action on the ground with a focus on transformative science derived from FTA’s most innovative lines of research.

The CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is the world’s largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development. Innovative finance is one of FTA’s key Operational Priorities, led by Tropenbos International (TBI), one of its managing partners.

On the 26th of November, FTA and TBI are proud to launch and present their latest report on Innovative Finance for Sustainable Landscapes.

This milestone publication, developed through extensive open consultations and cutting-edge collaborative methods, explores the complex barriers that hinder the potential of external finance to increase sustainability of tropical landscapes and achieve positive impact at scale. A selection of most promising financial innovations and schemes are identified and discussed and pathways to alleviate these barriers are proposed. These findings result from a participatory process with strong engagement from the Civil Society and the Private Sector. The outcomes of the report were recently reviewed at the FTA Science Conference.

In the occasion of the launch of the report, FTA and TBI would like to invite everyone to an open webinar to illustrate some of the key findings and open questions that the study reveals, as well as what are the future areas of collaborations for implementing innovative finance.

The discussion will bring together perspectives from different stakeholders and donors, and will allow ample time for question and answer sessions from the audience.

Join us in our efforts to understand and overcome barriers to access to finance!

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Forest Film Festival – December screening

Films have the power to inspire. The Forest Film Festival will transport audiences to some of the world’s most stunning tropical forests, featuring stories based on research by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF), highlighting the crucial role that these biodiverse ecosystems play in providing people and the planet with vital services from nutritious food to protection from climate change.

Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with researchers and film producers, offering insights into what goes on behind the scenes. The audience will also have the chance to participate by voting on the films they like most.

The 2021 Forest Film Festival will also be launched. For the second annual event, we will accept submissions from filmmakers from around the world and offer prizes. Stay tuned for more details.

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Webinar: Land-based Jobs for Youth

The first Webinar on land-based jobs for Youth will be held via Zoom on 19 November 2020 at 13.00hrs to 14:30hrs GMT/UTC. It will be conducted in English and French.

This is the first in a 4-part series titled, Webinars on Land-based Jobs for the Youth. These are topical webinars that address the practical challenges that young job-seekers face. However, each Webinar will air at the time most convenient for young people in each region to participate: Africa (November), Latin America and the Caribbean (February), and Asia (April) can participate. The Webinars will also draw primarily on examples from the respective region. The concluding global webinar is planned for 12 August 2021 in celebration of the International Youth Day.

Below is the registration link for the Youth Webinar to be held on 19 November 2020 at 01.00pm to 02.30pm GMT/UTC:

H. E. Ms. Victoire Tomegah-Dogbé – Prime Minister of Togo
Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw – Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
Mr. Baaba Maal – UNCCD Land Ambassador
Mr. Desmond Koney – CEO and Founder, Complete Farmer, Nigeria
Ms. Thato Mokgadi – Tsoo13, Botswana
Mr. Jacob Vahr Svenningsen – CEO and Founder of eGro, Denmark

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