Proforest is a unique, non-profit group. We support companies, governments, civil society and other organisations to work towards the responsible production and sourcing of agricultural and forest commodities.
At Proforest we’re passionate about helping people produce and source agricultural and forest commodities responsibly. That’s why we support companies throughout supply chains to have positive social and environmental outcomes in the places where commodities are produced.
We help companies take action on responsible production and sourcing, both within and beyond their supply chains. Find out how.
We facilitate collaborations between companies, government, civil society and communities to achieve positive environmental and social outcomes. Find out how.
We build knowledge and capacity for responsible production and sourcing of agricultural commodities. Find out how.
Our work supports agricultural commodity production and sourcing that can deliver positive social and environmental outcomes. This means working with producers and supply chains to have positive impacts for the people and places where commodities are produced.
We work in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, as well as internationally. Our regional and global team combines local expertise and a global network.
All members of the group voluntarily sign up to a commitment to re-invest any profit to continue the work of the group to advance our shared mission
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Proforest takes part in a number of industry and partner events in all our main regions, and shares new ideas and information that is available across the breadth of our work
We firmly believe in sharing our knowledge, whether new innovations or established best practice.
Proforest offers a wide range of workshops, courses and certificated programmes, combining a blended approach of delivery from online to face to face, fieldwork to webinars
1 December 2014
The APN was established as a means of building local capacity of people in governments, companies, communities and NGOs in West and Central Africa to understand, implement and monitor sustainability initiatives in the region. Coordinated by Proforest, the Network has been running a pilot phase since March 2014. The APN aims to build a pool of competent, local practitioners working on the key social and environmental issues in forestry and agriculture. These practitioners will be able to build on new policies and initiatives, in order to improve the governance and management of natural resources.The inaugural meeting brings together a wide range of partners. It aims to consolidate broad support for the programme by organisations in the region to ensure its long-term sustainability. The meeting will also review and seek feedback on the pilot phase, discuss plans for 2015, and hold a participatory planning session for the 2015 roll-out of activities. There will be discussions on the governance and practical operation of the Network among partners. Participants are expected from Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria and Gabon. They include organisations that have committed to support the development and delivery of capacity building and those that are benefiting from training of practitioners. On behalf of the APN, Proforest looks forward to welcoming representatives of the following organisations to the meeting: Afri-CertArocha GhanaATO-ITTO Joint ProjectBonstec Sustainability/ SCS Global ServicesCameroon Forest Certification Initiative Client EarthConservation AllianceEnvironment & Rural Development FoundationEnvironmental Governance InstituteFauna & Flora International FoderRainforest AllianceForest Stewardship CouncilForest Trends/Nature Conservation and Research CenterForest Watch GhanaForestry CommissionFriends of the Earth-GhanaIUCNKumasi Wood ClusterNature and Development FoundationNigeria Conservation Foundation/WWF NigeriaResource TrustSolidaridadSOS ForetsTropenbos GhanaWoodman & Padfield AssociatesWorking Group GhanaWWF-CARPO
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The Africa Practitioners' Network is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).