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//  30 September 2016

//  In brief__

//  Inclusive agribusiness: the state of play

New Platform report maps inclusive agribusiness and its implications for development

//  The future of donor programmes in rural development

Upcoming Platform roundtable to deliberate more effective support of the rural space

//  Platform events at upcoming Committee on World Food Security

Outline of the land and rural transformation work streams activities at CFS43

//  Members publications and strategies

Some recent publications from Platform members and partners

//  About

The Platform welcomes a new co-chair


//  Inclusive Agribusiness: the state of play

report Inclusive AgribusinessPlatform report__ There is a vast body of experience and knowledge about how agricultural markets can help to tackle poverty and encourage sustainable practices. However, this has not been fully tapped, synthesised and communicated in ways that can help to tackle the ongoing structural barriers of taking inclusive agribusiness initiatives to scale. Consequently, inclusive agribusiness is a field where the Platform can potentially make a significant contribution through its knowledge sharing, advocacy and networking functions.

This paper provides an initial mapping on inclusive agribusiness initiatives which highlights a weak and fragmented evidence base regarding impact. This in turn risks undermining the case for much needed investments to take promising examples to scale and further align public and private interests in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Download report  Web link
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//  The future of donor programmes in rural development

Donor Platform logoEvent__ Rural transformation is recognised as a process impacting on development with or without interventions. In other words, it constitutes the dynamics in the rural space and does not by itself provide directions for sustainable development. Agenda 2030 is seen as a strategic opportunity and a new momentum to discuss sustainability in rural transformation and the role of donor agencies and international finance institutions.

As part of our Strategic Initiative on Agenda 2030, the Platform will hold a rural transformation roundtable in Rome, Italy on October 13th – 14th. Platform members and partners will examine the changing conditions in and for developing countries and through a close and informal exchange, will deliberate on what future donor support should look like.

Download agenda and background documents   Web link

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//  Platform events at upcoming Committee on World Food Security

Donor Platform logoEvents__ The Committee on World Food Security offers convening opportunities for Platform members and partners to meet within and around the official CFS agenda. The Global Donor Working Group on Land will use the occasion to convene for its 8th physical meeting as well as hold 4 parallel events and one official side event. The Platform will also take part in a side event on rural transformation, alongside members FAO, IFAD and World Bank.

The official side events are:

Global Donor Working Group on Land: Tuesday 18th October, 13:00 – 14:30 Iraq Room. Title: Building the base of land governance evidence: frameworks and lessons learned from project, country and global-level monitoring and evaluation.

Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, FAO, IFAD, and World Bank: Monday 17th October 12:30 – 14:00 Lebanon Room. Title: Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food System Transition.

The following overview of parallel events of the Global Donor Working Group on Land and its members includes closed events such as the 8th physical meeting of the group. Please contact for further information.

Workshop on Evaluating the Impact of Land Governance Interventions
Monday, 17 Oct, at IFAD 9:00 – 17:00h

Meeting on VGGT and Land Tenure Trainings
Wednesday, 19 Oct, at FAO 14:00 – 16:00h

Meeting with IASS on qualitative monitoring of the VGGT and SDGs
Wednesday, 19 Oct, at FAO 16:00 – 18:00h

Meeting by ILC Secretariat and IFAD on securing indigenous & community land & natural resource rights in the context of the SDGs
Thursday, at IFAD Exact timing tbc

8th Physical meeting of the Global Donor WG on Land
Friday, 21 Oct, at FAO 9:00 – 16:00h

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//  Members publications and strategies

IFAD rural development report 2016IFAD rural development report 2016__ Several major trends of development have framed the pace and the direction of rural development over the years. With the growing world population and therefore food demand, the wide spread urbanisation, the growing severity of irregular weather events and the spread of technology all over the world, pose new challenges and open new opportunities for rural areas and rural populations. To meet these challenges and use the opportunities, the rural areas need to transform rapidly and inclusively.

Download Rural Development Report 2016  Web link

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//  About

IFAD is the new co-chair of the Platform, represented by focal point Shantanu Mathur.

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