Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, January 27, 2014

Annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Prospects Agriculture and rural development assistance in the post-2015 development framework
Edition based on member consultation in January 2014
34 pages

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (the Platform) commissioned this study to explore ODA for ARD and Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) in a post-2015 world. Rather than adopting a linear planning approach, the Platform requested a scenario-based inquiry to clarify how the international development framework might be shaped from an uncertain interaction of multiple factors and actors. The aim of the study is not to provide prescriptive recommendations but to trigger discussion among Platform members aimed at clarifying new and better options for the future of the Platform in the context of key emerging issues of the post-2015 agenda.

This report is structured into two parts. The first chapter presents an analysis of the evolving framework of ARD and FNS, describes five alternative global scenarios and identifies implications
for ARD and FNS. The second chapter presents implications for ODA and outlines possible strategic responses ODA might adopt to cope with disruptions and new challenges. It also identifies
the implications of the different scenarios for ODA and concludes with elements for building a robust frame for development assistance in ARD and FNS.

22 - 23 January 2014. Paris. The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development held its Annual General
Assembly and was hosted by The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French Development Agency (AFD). The objective was a better understanding of ‘territorial approaches’ and how it compares to other complementary approaches to rural development

Based on local analysis, territorial development is multidimensional. It can tackle a wide range of issues - connecting rural and urban markets, answering the growing demand for food and diversification of production and processing, managing pressure on land for production, urbanisation and natural resources, settling and investing in “empty” areas, implementing sustainable waste and water management, developing employment options for the youth, providing equitable territorial development and public investment etc. Players involved are also numerous. They include the "traditional" development partners plus private sector, including investors, both domestic as well as foreign, investment funds, SMEs/VSEs, civil society stakeholders, influential professional organisations, multiple political parties, local authorities etc.
“We (the donors) need external reviewers and discussion 
on how we are actually part of the problem, 
and how to build on existing knowledge.”
These significant challenges and new opportunities for development agendas create the need for a more inclusive approach to agricultural development. Donors are usually not equipped to answer such complexity but many international initiatives provide some elements for framing the approach (i.e. voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure, responsible agriculture investments, food security initiatives etc.). 
  • What are the challenges for developing territorial development programs? 
  • What tools can be used for analysis and programming? 
  • How to work with local authorities and private sector? 
  • How to reinforce coherence between value chain development, food security and nutrition strategies and territorial development approaches?
Ben Ramalingam

Estherine Fotabong
Head of Programme Implementation 
and Coordination Directorate 
African case studies
The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is a network of 37 bilateral and multilateral donors, international financing institutions, intergovernmental organisations and development agencies. Members share a common vision that ARD is central to poverty reduction, and a conviction that sustainable and efficient development requires a coordinated global approach. The Platform uses a wide range of instruments to actively promote effective policy, and public, private, and domestic investment in rural development as a central element of the international sustainable development agenda by:
  • Advocating with policy- and decision makers
  • Sharing knowledge amongst Platform members and all relevant actors
  • Facilitating the networking and cooperation with and between all relevant actors

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