// Platform Annual report 2015
Publication__ 2015 transformed the landscape within which donor agencies work, particularly through three major agreements of the international community namely the SDGs, Finance for Development and UNFCCC COP21. The increased importance of domestic finance of developing nations, the enhanced role of private sector investments and the challenges posed on development assistance flows from donor communities by the increased migration of refugees affected the support to ARD directly.
The Platform’s Strategic Initiative Agenda 2030 addresses these new dimensions of development cooperation. The Platform’s analysis of the implications of Agenda 2030 for rural development pays special attention to the process of rural transformation by defining important dynamics and drivers such as job creation, trade with value chain development and inclusive agribusiness as well as new opportunities deriving from rapid urbanization. During the year, new work streams were created, working towards higher level of coordination and knowledge exchange.
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// State of the art of nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA)
Virtual briefing__ The Platform’s Nutrition work stream hosted a virtual briefing to share perspectives, approaches and experiences in addressing and promoting nutrition sensitive agriculture (NSA). Presentations were given by representatives of donor organisations, international agencies, research institutes and NGOs.
Charlotte Dufour (FAO) presented the food system approach that places the promotion of healthy diets and nutrition at the heart of agriculture programmes, following which Peg Willingham from HarvestPlus presented the nutrition-specific bio fortification approach that seeks to improve the nutritional status of billions of people. Victor Pinga then presented the Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project, a USAID funded cooperative agreement to strengthen global and country efforts in scaling up high-impact nutrition practices and policies. Finally, on behalf of Action Against Hunger, Bader Mahaman Dioula shared his experience with SUSTAIN, a programme which aims to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations.
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// 2nd physical meeting of trade for ARD work stream
Work stream meeting__ The Platform’s work stream Trade for Agriculture and Rural Development was accommodated by FAO in Rome on June 16th, where the group held its second physical meeting. The meetings’ objectives were to follow up on the Annual General Assembly of the Platform (AGA) in terms of discussing and agreeing to the proposed work plan 2016 and have first substantive discussions.
Changes in the work programme were suggested, but the basic structure remains: (i) policy coherence analysis (diverging interests of the trade and ARD communities and donor reactions/support), (ii) trade instruments (trade agreements and initiatives) and (iii) a web based market place with successful initiatives and programmes of donors and partners. After three very interesting presentations by ECDPM, FAO/WTO and ICTSD, action points included an analysis of the mutual understanding between the ARD and trade communities and resolving conflicting issues for tapping into the potential of trade.
Report from 2nd physical meeting Download
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// Members publications
Adopting a territorial approach to food security and nutrition policy__ The publication jointly developed by OECD, FAO and UNCDF sheds light on the importance of addressing the complexity and inclusiveness of rural development.
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In July 2016, the Platform secretariat welcomed a new coordinator, Dr. Reinhild Ernst. The board of the Platform warmly welcomed her at the recent mid-year board meeting, on behalf of the entire membership.
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