Sophie Grouwels

Sophie Grouwels
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | FAO · Forestry Department

Master Political Science

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Introduction
Sophie Grouwels currently works at the Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organizat United Nations. Sophie does action research in Development Economics, Human Development Theory and Welfare Economics. Their current project is 'Forest Connect'.

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Smallholder farmers are commonly thought of as farmers who manage two hectares of land or less. By some estimates they represent approximately a quarter of the world’s population, and manage half of the world’s arable land; they generate billions of dollars in forest and timber products. Collectively, smallholders have the transformative potential...
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The combined impacts of multiple locally-controlled forestry (LCF) businesses will play a key role in shaping the fate of forest landscapes. This article analyses how such enterprises contribute to a broad notion of prosperity as ‘that which people value and have reason to value in line with the common good’. It focuses on innovations that are foun...
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The goal of this toolkit is to help supporters of small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) work more effectively. We have written this toolkit for ‘facilitators’, for example donors at the international level and, most importantly, government extension services and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the national level. We have not written...
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In rural areas, implementing sustainable development and climate action requires the coordinated action of the 1.5 billion male and female forest and farm producers who live there. The profitability and sustainability of their businesses will define whether the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change can be ac...
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Cross-sectoral policy platforms with representation of the governments, public and private sector was established at the local and national levels to strengthen on sustainable business operation. This research explores the efficacy of the cross-sectoral platform following a case study approach. The research consulted 20 Cross Sectoral Platform memb...
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Non-timber forest products (NTFP) comprise a diversity of natural resources that support livelihoods of those along the chain from harvester to traders. The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) recognises the importance of NTFPs in alleviating poverty and conserving biodiversity and has proposed directives to aid member states to implement a...
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Maintaining vital flows of vital local and global public goods from forest landscapes requires multi-functional land use mosaics. To address past state failures and ensure justice in how competing demands for forest goods are met, governments are increasingly devolving rights downward. Evidence points to local forest farm producer groups being bett...
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This paper documents collective actions undertaken by forest-based associations to access better prices for their non-wood forest products via group sales. Group sales can increase the income of group sellers by up to 40 per cent compared to individual sellers. The institutionalisation of group sales reinforces social relations and cohesion as well...
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Using the Market Analysis and Development approach to generate the results presented in this paper, it was found that rural communities prefer certain NWFP for increasing their incomes in central Africa. Four enterprise development factors including market/economic, social, environmental and technological considerations were useful criteria for the...
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This paper analyses the financing gaps of small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) in two countries located in central Africa. Total capital required for the development of 151 pilot enterprises in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo was evaluated at US$ 1335025 out of which enterprises own contribution was 63% and the remainder was su...
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Small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) are critical for reducing poverty. They generate local wealth, secure local resources, encourage environmental accountability, promote local creativity and can preserve indigenous cultures and market niches. While the number of SMFEs starting up in least developed countries is high, sustaining them is a c...
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A survey was undertaken in the Center Region of Cameroon (Lekié Division), where the harvesting of a leafy forest vegetable known as Gnetum spp. (Okok) is commonplace. The results showed that the collectors of Okok were mostly young people (mean age)é( years), 89% of whom were women and 51 % native of the area. The analysis of the income portfolios...
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At the World Forestry Congresses (WFC) in 2003 and 2009, good governance and efficient institutions were reiterated as necessary indicators to consider when measuring positive outcomes resulting from long-term thinking in the forest discourse at all levels. It was further stressed that without good governance and effective institutions, the scope o...
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The current financial and economic crisis has directly and indirectly affected the drivers of Africa's recent growth performance. Demand for and prices of African commodities are falling, capital flows are declining, and promised increased aid has not materialized. Apart from the overall macroeconomic impacts, the crisis presents a gloomy situation...
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"Indigenous peoples and peasant communities have long been managing tropical forests and have increasingly gained legal access to the resource base. Only recently, however, have they started to form small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) to add value to their timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs). SMFEs represent a promising option for...

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