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Platform Update

//  27 April 2016

//  In brief__

//  Setting donors’ priorities to improve global land governance

Land Group discuss the issue at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty and later publish a policy brief

//  Enabling implementation of the CAADP framework and Malabo declaration

Accelerating Africa’s agricultural development

//  Rural and Regional Policies for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Africa

Agenda 2030 depends on the development of Africa’s rural space

//  Publications

Some recent publications from Platform members and partners

//  About

Draft thematic work plans of the Platform and other updates

 

//  Setting donors’ priorities to improve global land governance

Event session & policy brief__ The implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines (VGGT) through transparency and joint advocacy remains a high priority for members of the Global Donor Working Group on Land. This was a key message from the session they organised at the 17th World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. The session aimed at sharing the results of the four studies commissioned by the Group last year and discussing with around 40 participants the studies recommendations for donors to upscale good land governance. The recommendations list is long, but there is willingness to put a majority of them into practice. Some are already being undertaken by donors (e.g. aligning ODA-supported investments with VGGT) and others (e.g. expand corporations’ awareness to land tenure issues) may be considered in this year's plan of activities.

Following the conference and in line with the session key message, the Land Group published a policy brief about taking stock of the VGGT implementation. This topic is already being discussed in several meetings of the land community and should be addressed at the upcoming 43th Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

Read more  Web link
Policy brief  Download
Back to office report  Download

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//  Enabling the implementation of the CAADP framework and Malabo declaration

  Platform logo Conference__ The 12th CAADP Partnership Platform (PP) took place with the objective of “walking the talk” of the CAADP framework, the Malabo declaration and Agenda 2063. Practical implementation was the core focus of the meeting which is the first PP since the Malabo declaration. Some main messages are that coherent linkages are needed across regional markets that ensure coordination but also address the multi-sectoral dimensions of agriculture and rural development. The public sector needs to do the heavy lifting so as to create an attractive environment for the private sector.
The Secretariat was in attendance at the PP, where apart from taking part in the main meetings, also participated in the meeting of the Development Partners Coordination Group, attended an experience sharing workshop on advancing regional agro-food value chains and held several bilateral meetings. More information can be found in the back to office reports.

Back to office report  Download
Agro-food value chains in Africa  Web link

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//  Rural and Regional Policies for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Africa

Expert meeting__ OECD, NEPAD, AFD and CIRAD co-organised an expert meeting on rural transformation and rural-urban linkages considering sustainable resource management and agricultural production increases. During a panel, the Platform, represented by the Secretariat, gave an intervention on the future of donor investments in rural transformation and the issue of increasing domestic resources. Participants agreed that fragmented and sector-specific development approaches are rather inefficient. They further confirmed their intentions to harvest the great potential of territorial development and rural transformation approaches. Such activities are incorporated in the GDPRD work plan in order to coordinate better and address in parallel issues such as decentralization, governance, job creation and rural-urban linkages.

The event in Paris served as a preparation for the 2nd Africa Rural Development Forum organised by NEPAD Rural Futures Programme that will take place in June 2016 in Cameroon. This event will set the accent on youth empowerment, job creation and skills development. Participants will explore the opportunities to intensify the cooperation amongst African countries and donor community.

Read more  Web link

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//  Publications

Agricultural and rural development reconsidered__ This report by IFAD charts the way in which approaches on agricultural development have come full circle, from the primacy of agriculture as central to rural development in the 1960s, to dwindling investment in the 1980s, and onward to its renewed presence on today’s national development agendas.

View report  Web link

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//  About

Draft Platform thematic work plans__ At the AGA in Geneva the Platform's members identified several focus areas to work on in 2016. It was decided to develop workplans to ensure more transparency and commitment to the topics. The workplans are conceptualised to be living documents that will change and be updated following members' work on the issues.

View draft work plans  Web link

Management meeting__ The latest management meeting took place on 3 March 2016, where work plan implementation was core to the discussion.

Management meeting minutes  Download



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