Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Untapped Potential: An analysis of international public climate finance flows to sustainable agriculture and family farmers
The detailed analysis, conducted by Climate Focus in collaboration with the said organisations, the FFF and the FFORA, reveals an alarming situation: despite their crucial role in global food security, most family farmers lack adequate financial support to adapt to climate challenges.
Within a context of the dramatic impact of the climate crisis on family farming production systems in many territories, this report highlights the need to reorient international climate finance to facilitate the transition of family farming towards more sustainable and agroecological agronomic practices. Which, in turn, will help them to overcome family farmers’ vulnerability to extreme weather phenomena by investing in available assets, while strengthening public policies specific for family farming. READ THE FULL REPORT
Related:44% drop in climate finance to small-scale agrifood systems reveals need for action
- New data reveals that global climate finance for small-scale agrifood systems is strikingly low, at an annual average of just USD 5.53 billion in 2019/20, 1 equivalent to just 0.8% of total climate finance tracked across all sectors.
- This also marks a 44% drop on flows to small-scale agrifood systems in 2017/18.
- This must change, given the vital roles of small-scale farmers and agrifoods businesses, who channel 65% of food in developing economies.
- Mônica Rodrigues, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UN-ECLAC
- Moisés Mérida, Director of Partnerships for Development of the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT)
- Concluding Remarks Valeria Piñeiro, Acting Head of the Latin America and Caribbean Program and Senior Research Coordinator, IFPRI
Innovation goes beyond technology. It must incorporate social, economic, institutional, behavioral and organizational processes that facilitate integrative policies, business models and sustainable financing.
This webinar presented success stories to illustrate how a broader definition of innovation must be used to advance equitable and sustainable food systems transformation.
- Gladys H. Morales, Senior Officer, Global Head of Innovation, IFAD
- Vivien Bodereau, Mission Lead Net-Zero Food Systems, EIT Food
- Emmastella Gakuo, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Savanna Circuit
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Report: Operationalizing USAID’s Climate Strategy to Achieve Transformative Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural and Food Systems
Read the Full Report Here
The report presents six detailed operational and technical recommendations and targets for adaptation, mitigation, and finance for agrifood systems that align with those of USAID’s 2022–2030 Climate Strategy. These recommendations are intended to help accelerate USAID’s achievement of its ambitious Climate Strategy goals within agrifood systems programming.
The recommendations stem from multidisciplinary evidence gathering and independent expert consultations led by the BIFAD Subcommittee, in addition to broad feedback at BIFAD public meetings.
Here's a glimpse of what the report has to offer, structured around three strategic elements:
Targets: The report recommends specific agrifood system targets aligned with the Climate Strategy, focusing on adaptation, mitigation, and finance. These targets aim to improve the climate resilience of millions of people reliant on agriculture, reduce emissions, and mobilize substantial finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
USAID Operational Changes: To effectively operationalize the Climate Strategy within USAID's agricultural and food security portfolio, the report presents five organizationally tailored recommendations. These changes will better position USAID to achieve Climate Strategy objectives. They include setting, measuring, and reporting on climate targets; integrating climate objectives into the program cycle; building climate expertise; increasing climate investment; and funding climate research.
High-Potential Leverage Points: The report identifies high-potential leverage points within agrifood systems to drive transformative shifts toward net-zero emissions and climate-resilient pathways while achieving food security goals.
- Empower Women, Youth, and Other Underrepresented Groups to Drive Locally Led, Climate-Resilient Agrifood Systems
- Increase Finance for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and Expand its Inclusivity
- Enable the Use and Sustained Provision of Weather and Climate Services
- Partner with and Strengthen Local Research and Development Systems
- Expand Integrated Soil and Water Resources Management
- Expand Integrated Forest and Agricultural Land Management
- Reduce Livestock Emissions while Increasing Production Efficiency
- Reduce Food Loss and Waste
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Plenary: Opening Session
- The Rt. Hon Andrew Mitchell, Minister for Development, United Kingdom – Welcome remarks
- The Rt. Hon Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister, United Kingdom
- HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia
- HE Mariam Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE
- Sir Chris Hohn, Chair of Board, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
- Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (pre-recorded video)
Session 2: Harnessing science and technology for food security
This session showcased collaborative science and research partnerships in action,
accelerating progress towards greater food security and nutrition, including cutting edge
British science and leadership. It galvanised further joined-up action to tackle some of the
thorniest problems facing the world today, including harnessing emerging technologies
including digital and AI, and finding scalable solutions that support nutrition, productivity,
climate resilience and protect nature.
- Dr Qu Dongyu, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
- Dr Beth Dunford, Vice President, African Development Bank
- HE David Ernest Silinde, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Tanzania
- HE Dr. Girma Amente, Minister of Agriculture, Ethiopia
- Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association
- Dr Juergen Voegele, Vice President, World Bank
- Dr Rob Bertram, Chief Scientific Adviser, USAID
- Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO, UK Research and Innovation
- Prof Bhavani Shankar, Professorial Research Fellow in Food and Health, University of Sheffield
- Dharshan Wignarajah, Director, Climate Policy Initiative
- Dr Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA
- Prof Lindiwe Sibanda, Board Chair, CGIAR
- Rodger Voorhies, President of Global Growth, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Dr Daniel Elger, CEO, CABI
- Dr Appolinaire Djikeng, Principal of the Centre for Tropical Livestock and Genetic Health and Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute
- Dr Jon Styles, Director, Assimila
- The Rt. Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister for Indo-Pacific, United Kingdom
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
- Johan Swinnen, Managing Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR and Director General, IFPRI
- Kenan Forman, Son of Martin J. Forman
- Kellie Stewart, Chief, Nutrition and Environmental Health Division, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Dr. Simón Barquera, Director, Center for Research in Nutrition and Health, National Institute of Public Health, México. President Elect, World Obesity Federation
- Moderator: Purnima Menon, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Policy, CGIAR and IFPRI
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Fifth Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARDWE).
The objective of the meeting was to review progress made in the implementation of AU and STC Decisions, provide policy guidance, and adopt reports, frameworks, Guidelines, and programmes, as well as recommendations that will be presented for consideration by the Executive Council of the African Union. It was organized by the African Union Commission through its Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (DARBE), which is responsible for the Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment thematic area.
Experts Session on Agriculture and Rural Development (14-16 Nov)
Experts Session on sustainable Environment and Blue Economy (14-16 Nov);
High Level Ministerial Session of the 5th ARDWE (17th Nov)
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Animal Resources
- Blue Economy
- Rural Development
- Sustainable Environment.
AU-IBAR hosted a high-level side event
The Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment STC - ARDWE is one of the fourteen (14) STCs established by the Decision of the Twelfth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (Assembly/AU/Dec.227 (XII)), which was held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on 01-03 February 2009. The STC is composed of Ministers or senior officials responsible for sectors falling within its areas of competence. The Ministers approve projects and programmes submitted by the STC-ARDWE experts. They also have the duty to ensure effective supervision, follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of decisions taken by the organs of the Union and the coordination and harmonization of projects and programmers of the Union.
Monday, November 20, 2023
22 November 2023. 10:00 am CET. 14:30- 17:00 IST/New Delhi. Multistakeholder meeting on "Transforming Markets for Better Nutrition".
- The 2023 iteration, with a renewed methodology, creates higher impact through not only aiming to change company behavior directly, but also through wider levers for market transformation.
- This includes more active engagement with a wider range of stakeholders such as relevant policy makers, such as the Food Safety and Standards Association of India (FSSAI) and potentially also, for the first time, institutional investors in India.
- The India Index 2023 has the highest level (70%) of active company engagement in ATNI’s history of developing India Indexes.
- It describes industry best practices and highlights food fortification as well as innovations in the healthy food sphere.
- Leading up to the completion of the India Index, ATNI developed policy briefs to guide relevant policymakers in making informed decisions.
- After the online launch (22/11), ATNI will hold individual consultations with the 20 companies on the findings and recommendations.
- Mr. Greg Garrett Executive Director ATNI
He referred among others to the Nature study (20/11: Powerful study. Life expectancy can increase by up to 10 years following sustained shifts towards healthier diets: The largest gains are obtained from consuming more whole grains, nuts and fruits and less sugar-sweetened beverages and processed meats. Understanding the contribution of sustained dietary changes to life expectancy can provide guidance for the development of health policies.
- Keynote address: Shri. G Kamala Vardhana Rao (see picture) - CEO FSSAI Processed food: Regulatory interventions to improve healthiness of products
- Guest speech – Mr. Dhruv Sharma Principal Investment Specialist. Invest India - Recent ESG mandate in India and Nutrition in ESG reporting
- Guest Speech – Dr. Hemalatha, Director National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) Healthiness of products available in Indian Market.
- Mark Wijne, ATNI Research Director - Presenting of India Index 2023 results
- Mr. Gaurav CHAUDHRY Founder & CEO Earshot
"Decentralisation of processing food may be an approach to be closer to the consumers' concerns" "Greater attention should be given to start-ups which are innovating"
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- Dr. Arlappa N. Scientist National Institute of Nutrition
- Ms. Bhuvaneshwari Balasubramanian – Country Director GAIN
- Mr. Ashim Sanyal CEO Consumer Voice
- Ms. Jane Karkada Executive Director Confederation of Indian Industry CII
- Mr. Anand Prasad Invest India
- Closing by ATNI board member Dr. Rajan Sankar
ReportATNI (2023) India Index 2023. Full report. November 2023. #115 p.
Upcoming report 19/12/2023
- tools that assess the private sector on their nutrition commitments and products;
- policy support and alliances including through ATNI’s Investors in Nutrition and Health;
- and action research which underpins market change for nutrition.
on the nexus of food systems, nutrition, and climate change.
- Marije Boomsma, Director, Strategic Alliances & External Affairs presents how ATNI is accelerating progress to improve the affordability and accessibility of diets in a sustainable way using data-driven tools, such as country-specific indexes that incorporate environmental and nutritional indicators.
- Annoek Van den Wijngaart highlights how ATNI’s India Index 2023 provides information on food and beverage companies to improve private sector accountability. She outlines how the Index assesses the nexus through the integration of environmental indicators such as India’s rate of greenhouse gas emissions, efforts to reduce food loss and waste and improvements to packaging.
- This summit is the only dedicated summit in India which provides a common platform for the Food & Nutrition industry to come together to discuss the key challenges. learn from the best practices adopted across the country. India Food & Nutrition Summit is India’s the most authoritative congregation of the Food, Dairy, Nutraceuticals, Dietary Supplements and Health Foods Industry in India.
activity in markets around the world. However, currently nutrition lacks prominence in these frameworks, even though it is a crucial component of sustainable development and national prosperity.
- Opening from Greg S. Garrett, Executive Director, ATNI
- Keynote Speaker - Dhruv Sharma, Principal Investment Specialist at Invest India
- Introductory Speaker - Joseph Martin Chazhoor Francis, Markets Leader, ESG, at PwC
- moderator Suneera Tandon, Assistant Editor at the Hindustan Times
- Mint Vinita Bali, Chairperson for the CII National Committee on Nutrition
- Tarun Vij, India Country Director, at GAIN
- Janendra Kumar, Investment Specialist at Invest India
- Tejash Shah, Lead Analyst at Avendus Spark
& management, marketing, workforce programs, labeling, and engagement. Depending on the answer option selected, tailored recommendations – including relevant information and resources for follow-up – are generated.
The 5th Conference on Land Policy in Africa. 20/11 There are several pre-events lined up, just before the conference.
- This is a tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
- Conference in the context of the ‘Year of AfCFTA: Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation’, which is the AU Theme of the year.
- Zoom links are accessible for registered participants
Extracts of the agenda
MC: Dr. Janet Edeme, African Union Commission
- H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment
Ms. Leontine Kanziemo, Lead Advisor, Natural Resources Management, AfDB
H.E Hans Lundquist, Ambassador of Sweden to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and Permanent Representative to AU, IGAD and UNECA.
- Hon. Judith Nabakooba, Minister of Lands, Housing & Urban Development, Uganda
Location: Nelson Mandela Conference Hall
Zoom Link to Nelson Mandela Conference Hall
Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Mirika Musvoto, University of Cape Town, South Africa; email@example.com
Assessing transparency, inclusiveness, and sustainability in large-scale land acquisitions in Africa
Marie Gradeler1, Dr. Jeremy Bourgoin1,2, Angela Harding1, Dr. Christoph Kubitza3, Dr. Ward Anseeuw1
1: International Land Coalition, Italy; 2: CIRAD, France; 3: German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Göttingen
Dr. Clement Chipenda
University of South Africa, South Africa
The cohort of medium scale farmers created by the fast track land reform programme (FTLRP) has become pivotal in the country’s reconfigured agrarian structure with the State identifying them as key drivers of its agricultural transformation strategy. In an economy that is heavily reliant on the agricultural sector, medium scale commercial farmers are considered as agents of change, bridging the gap left by the predominantly white owned large scale commercial farming sector, decimated by the FTLRP. The predominate black medium scale Zimbabwean farmers are increasingly being considered as critical in spearheading agricultural commercialisation trajectories, facilitating accumulation and as catalytic agents for socio-economic transformation and development.
Potential Livelihood Benefits of Entitling Customary Rights to Land in Africa: Evidence from Farm Households in Nigeria
Prof. Adebayo Musediku Shittu1, Dr. Mojisola Olanike Kehinde2
1: Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria; 2: Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria
Scaling bottom-up land governance interventions: including local institutions to increase (perceived) tenure security
Dr. Wytske Chamberlain-van der Werf
Utrecht University, The Netherlands,
23/11: Technical Session
Location: Nelson Mandela Conference Hall
Zoom Link to Nelson Mandela Conference Hall
Chair: Prof. Uchendu Eugene Chigbu, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia; firstname.lastname@example.org
Scaling-up Community Participatory Mapping and Land Use Planning to reinforce customary land governance for multi-stakeholder engagement on sustainable investments and trade on land in Southwest Cameroon.
Harrison Nnoko, Dr. Ndjounguep Juscar, Solomon Brown
AJESH (AJEMALEBU SELF HELP), Cameroon
Dr. Charles Chavunduka, Marcyline Chivenge
University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
A National Land Policy in Crisis: The Case of Ghana
Eunice Naa Odarley Lamptey, Prof. John Tiah Bugri
Department of Land Economy, KNUST, Ghana
A review of the Enabling Environment for Transformative Land Investment in Ethiopia, Ghana and Mozambique
Dr. Ermias Aynekulu Betemariam1, Dr. Endalkachew Wolde-Meskel1, Dr. Emily Jeanne Gallagher1, Dr. Tamiru Amanu3, Dr. Delia Catacutan1, Dr. George Christoffel Schoneveld1, Eunice Matey Offei2, Divine Appiah2, Nana Ama Yirrah2, Dr. Osvaldo Matessane2, Dr. Anne Larson1
1: Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), Kenya; 2: SNV; 3: Wageningen University Research
Joao Montalvao, Michael O'Sullivan
World Bank, United States of America
The findings of this study indicate that tenure insecurity and credit constraints are important barriers hindering African women's participation in higher-value, agricultural trading. They also show that it is possible to alleviate these barriers through policy design, and that doing so can have important impacts on women's empowerment.
Related: AFSA PUBLICATIONS
November 21, 2023 – We are excited to announce the launch of a series of five national land policy study reports on Senegal, Mali, Togo, Ghana, and Cameroon, as part of AFSA’s "Our Land is Our Life" initiative. This landmark release underscores AFSA’s commitment to promoting sustainable land rights and governance in Africa.
Key Insights and Objectives of the Reports:
Recommendations for Advocacy Strategy: They offer recommendations to inform advocacy strategies for land rights, identifying key policy spaces, entry points, and actors best placed for advocacy.
Policy Barriers and Advocacy Opportunities: The reports aim to identify barriers to land rights and opportunities for policy advocacy, including strategies for challenging opposing narratives.
Stakeholder Analysis: They provide an analysis of key stakeholders in land policy, identifying allies for protecting small-scale farmers and pastoralists’ rights, and examining the influence and narratives of those who favor privatization and investment in land rights.
Implementation of International Guidelines: The reports assess how international guidelines on land governance, such as those from the UN, AU, and RECs, are being implemented at the national level.
Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: They evaluate the extent and impact of large-scale land acquisitions by both national and international investors on local land users.
Impact Assessment on Land Users: The reports assess how current land governance frameworks impact various groups such as family farmers, indigenous peoples, women, and youth. This includes examining human rights, land rights, access to and control of land, protection of customary land rights, and involvement in land policy decisions.
Examine Land Policies and Governance: They seek to understand the national land policies and governance structures, focusing on how these policies affect peasants’ rights, women’s rights, and food sovereignty.
- Ms Shauravi Malik: Co-founder of Slurpp Farm, an Indian startup
Shauravi's passion is to get her own children to gobble up all the exciting and healthy food she makes. She loves food, eating it and making it! Shauravi brings over a decade of finance experience. She worked in the Consumer, Healthcare, and Retail Advisory team and the Leveraged Finance team at J.P.Morgan. She was an Investment Manager at Sir Richard Branson's Group Holding entity at the Virgin Group in London. She holds a Master's degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a BA in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
- Ms Joanna Kane Potaka: Deputy Executive Director for Strategy, Engagement, and Impact at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
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- promoting healthy and sustainable diets,
- reducing food waste,
- shortening food chains,
- training organic farmers,
- and ensuring all residents can access healthy and sustainable food.
‘From Plate to Planet’ finds local governments from small towns to mega cities and regions, have recognized food system change as a key lever for climate action. Leading action that goes 35% above and beyond what has been pledged by national governments; they are reducing food miles, cutting food waste, transforming school canteens, and sparking shifts to sustainable diets.
The IPES expert panel calls on national governments to take inspiration from local governments and harness the emissions-cutting potential of food system transformation.
"It’s truly inspiring to see cities and regions leading the way on action to transform food systems and reduce emissions. It's time for national governments to learn from them - drawing down emissions from plate to planet," Olivier De Schutter, IPES-Food's co-chair
Recording is availably online sine 17/11
- Moderator: Anna Herforth, Ag2Nut
- Selena Ahmed, Foodomics
- Steve Watkins, Standardized Tools + Data
- Jonathan Lundgren, Scientific Assessment of Regenerative Agriculture
- Chi-Ming Chien, Data Showcase
- Gina Kennedy, Research + Translation
- Kevin Cody, Food EDU
The Agriculture-Nutrition Community of Practice, better known as Ag2Nut, is a global network of professionals working on agriculture and nutrition linkages which was crated in 2010. The group is informal, and designed to facilitate information sharing and networking.
Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Avoiding conflict of interest in nutrition research
In the late 1950s, as the evidence of smoking's harm mounted, tobacco giants crafted a strategy to manipulate scientific understanding and foster doubt. Today, parallels emerge as Big Food adopts similar tactics. In this blog, Stuart Gillespie reveals the Ultra-Processed Foods industry playbook.
Unmasking the Profitable Marketing of Trans Fats at the Expense of Public Health
Focusing on healthy diets to counter corporate influence in public health
There's been a focus on controlling obesity to improve people's health, but has this let the unhealthy food industry off the hook? Mélissa Mialon and Hernando Salcedo Fidalgo suggest shifting the focus towards promoting healthy diets to counter corporate influence on public health.
Unravelling the “fresh” misconception of ultra-processed foods in Ghana
In Ghana, there's a common misconception that eating ultra-processed foods leads to a "fresh" appearance. Nevertheless, these foods are far from fresh, as they are heavily processed and contain additives and sugars. Gyinadu Abubakar addresses this misconception and suggests actionable measures.
The State of Food and Agriculture 2023.
Guide for the NOVA 27 UPF Categories Tracker
Researchers from Equador have released a new guide, a tool to monitor ultra-processed food and beverage consumption globally. Originally validated in Brazil through an IMMANA-funded study, the tracker is now being adapted and validated in Quito, Ecuador. This guide documents how others can use this innovative tool in a specific population or at a national level.