The role of forest producer organizations in social protection

The study is premised on the notion that collective action principles of forest producer organizations potentially allow them to provide formal and informal social protection benefits to their members (Bose et al., 2006; Molnar et al., 2008). These include formal social protection benefits such as social insurance and informal insurance from pooled contributions, which can insure members in times of risk (Kazoora et al., 2006; Chen, 2015). Consequently, forest producer organizations have the potential to contribute to increased social protection coverage among poor and vulnerable forest-dependent people in line with the commitment under SDG 1 to expand the provision of social protection and particularly to increase coverage for the poor and vulnerable by 2030 (FAO and AgriCord, 2016).