FFD was established in 2012, in order to continue the Finnish Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners’ (MTK) already established twinning activities with various agricultural and forestry organisations in developing countries. The agri-agency was founded by MTK with SLC (MTK’S Swedish-speaking sister organisation), Pellervo (Confederation of Finnish cooperatives) and ProAgria. By establishing FFD, the founding organisations support agricultural and forestry producers in developing countries, especially in tackling problems of food security and ensuring future food production in a sustainable manner.
All projects are a part of the Agricord-networks Farmers Fighting Poverty-programme, and support the organising, networking and lobbying capacity of agricultural and forestry producers in developing countries, with the aim to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty. The recipients of offered support can be local agricultural producer organisations, forest owners’ organisations or co-operatives.
FFD projects are mainly concentrated in developing countries with long term bilateral development cooperation ties with Finland. Currently active projects are located in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Vietnam, Nepal and Nicaragua.
Several local branches of MTK, Forest Management Associations and Rural Women's Advisory Organisations work as twinning partners from the Finnish side. Finnish experts advise and follow their colleagues' work on a grass-roots level. Active twinning participants inform others about their project and keep in touch with their colleagues at counterpart organisations.
Most of the project funding comes from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland's fund reserved for NGO's, additionally projects in Ethiopia and Tanzania receive funding from the European Commission. At the project-level we aim to work and cooperate with ongoing international Finnish bilateral initiatives. FFD also cooperates with other Finnish NGOs, member organisations of the Agricord network; and other institutions such as MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE and Forestry Development Centre Tapio.
For more information about FFD and its projects, please contact Coordinator Tiina Huvio firstname.lastname@example.org