// Trade for ARD work stream prepares for 2nd physical meeting
Meeting__ The trade for ARD work stream held an online meeting to review their work plan, so as to carry forward the discussions of the Geneva Annual General Assembly (AGA) which analysed the complex relationship between agricultural trade and rural development. The online meeting which took place on 18 May, brainstormed on how to graduate from theoretical to practical discussions, for example by focusing on donor experiences in combining aid and trade to determine what challenges are being faced or what approaches are working well. Earlier on the same day in Maastricht, a meeting took place between the Platform secretariat and the food security unit of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) to conceptually enhance the trade for ARD work plan. One key outcome was a recommendation to look into some international trade agreements and assess how they align with the current needs of agricultural development, particularly whether they enhance competitiveness and complement existing domestic policies.
By invitation of FAO, members of the trade work stream will meet on 16 June in Rome for the second physical meeting of the group. The objective of this meeting is to set the groundwork for the first activities since the AGA, which include among others, looking at institutional challenges in the cooperation between the trade and ARD communities/institutions at country level.
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// Inclusive agribusiness work stream looks towards Grow Africa
Conference__ As one of the growing thematic areas of the Platform, the inclusive agribusiness work stream is currently structuring itself as a space for strategic discussion and experience exchanges on the collaborative role of the private sector and global donors in the sphere of ARD. Last year, the Platform collaborated with the Grow Asia Partnership, World Economic Forum, DFAT Australia, Seas of change initiative and Australia’s Food Systems Innovation initiative to host a roundtable in South East Asia to help frame a longer-term learning and knowledge agenda on inclusive agribusiness in the region. This month, the Platform was in attendance at the Grow Africa conference in Kigali to position itself and the inclusive agribusiness work stream towards a closer partnership with Grow Africa.
Backed by the convening power of the World Economic Forum, Grow Africa is pioneering a new model of cooperation between business, governments and development organisations to expand much needed investment in the agriculture sector. A key focus is on how small-scale farmers can be included in value chains in ways that help overcome poverty and food insecurity, while also achieving a more commercial and business oriented approach to agricultural development.
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// G7 recognises the role of the Global Donor Platform for rural development
Summit__ The G7 agricultural ministers agreed on three main challenges agriculture is currently facing: the increasing average age of farmers in developed countries, combined with decreasing interest in the youth to seek employment in the sector, second, the increased demand for a safe, nutritious and varied food supply and third the rising pressure on natural resources posed by climate change and extreme weather events. The Ise Shima Vision for Action on Food security and nutrition urged for more and enhanced synergies and engagement with broad stakeholders and other for in order to successfully tackle the challenges. The convening role of the Global Donor Platform was explicitly mentioned.
The summit also released the first formal G7 progress report on the land commitments in the 3-year accountability cycles of G7. The full report contains a list of all the commitments and includes a summary of progress against the G8 UK-led commitments on land transparency made in 2013.
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Territorial approaches, rural-urban linkages and inclusive rural transformation__ This report by IFAD promotes the use of territorial approaches in light of the rapid transformation of the rural space. It suggests that territorial approaches allow better coherence across policies related to food security and nutrition that cut across areas such as policies on agriculture, rural development, urban planning and social protection.
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