Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation in Tropical Forests: Networking and Knowledge Sharing

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A sustainable future requires protecting our environment while building thriving local economies. Small-scale, or smallholder, farmers and communities who depend on the natural resources of tropical forests have the power to protect the planet’s resources and contribute to sustainable development in rural communities. The Packard Foundation’s Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation (ALC) grantmaking strategy aims to support tropical forest communities in strengthening resilience and economic opportunities while protecting tropical forests and biodiversity. We believe that conservation and development goals in tropical regions can be most effectively achieved through policies and actions that support smallholder farmer livelihoods and community wellbeing, combined with effective regional planning and natural resource management that engages local communities who know the forests best. This work builds upon the Foundation’s grantmaking experience in climate, land use, and reproductive health.

A well networked community of actors and advocates is necessary to influence policymakers and development and conservation decision makers at local, national, and global levels. To support knowledge sharing and networking efforts, the Packard Foundation’s Agriculture Livelihoods and Conservation (ALC) program is issuing a targeted request for proposals for projects, organizations, and collaboratives that strengthen relationships among individuals and institutions aiming to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and/or forest dependent communities while also conserving forest resources in tropical forest areas.

ALC will support new or existing projects, organizations, and coalitions that address the needs of smallholder farmers and or/forest dependent communities and tropical forest conservation and whose core objectives include relationship building and knowledge sharing. Applicants must be headquartered in one of the following countries: Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines. Organizations and coalitions that are led by women, young people, and Indigenous people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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