Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
WEBINAR: Enhancing Commercialization of Africa’s Agricultural Research Products: Millet and Sorghum Value Chain
Food hygiene and temperature control are two critical components to keep food safe as it moves through the food system. The critical areas in the supply chain for contamination and spoilage include on-farm production, packing area handling, potable water availability, transport quality, warehouse management, and final retail. Any disruption of the cold chain and food handling at any point of the supply line can adversely affect both the safety and the nutritional value of food. Contamination of food by either chemicals or bacteria can lead to infectious diseases which, along with the diminished nutritional value, affect the nutritional status of consumers.
- Welcome : Vania Olmos Lau
- Opening remarks Robert Nasi - CIFOR Director General/CIFOR-ICRAF Managing Director
- Howard-Yana Shapiro
- Yvonne Aki Sawyerr
- Moderator: Cora van Oosten
- Susan Chomba
- Wanjira Mathai
- Thomas Crowther
- Agus Justianto
- Reflections Jad Daley
- moderator: Leona Liu
- Bonnie Norman
- Boris Saraber
- Tanja Havemann
- Caroline van Tilborg
- Tor-Gunnar Vagen
- Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti - Youth tree planting
- Roeland Kindt
- Tor-Gunnar Vagen
- Muhammad Ahmad
- moderator: Ramni H Jamnadass
- Nicole Schwab
- Lauren Fletcher
- Harrie Lovenstein
- Joice Ferreira
- Marlito Bande -Rainforestation
- Sarah Lillie Anderson - Tree equity
- Tony Simons - Closing Remarks ICRAF Director General/CIFOR-ICRAF Executive Director
29 September 2020. Access to sustainable energy – a critical component for a green recovery in Africa. Speaker: Stefano Signore - Head of Unit for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change of DG DEVCO
To achieve universal electricity access in Africa by 2030, it is estimated that an annual investment of about USD 29 billion in electricity infrastructure is required, both for on-grid and off-grid access, while an annual investment of about USD 2 billion in clean cooking solutions is required. These required funds cannot come from the public sector alone, but rather require access to private, institutional and household finance. However, to do so will require new partnerships and collaboration.Governments across Africa are taking unprecedented steps to respond to the immediate health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Today’s decisions will impact tomorrow’s ability to recover better over the long term and countries that take advantage of this moment to re-think their energy supplies will develop a competitive advantage.
ICLEI Africa and CoM SSA organised a webinar with experts and city leaders to discuss ways in which governments and the private sector can work together to ensure a green and sustainable recovery in the energy sector during and after this pandemic.
- Stefano Signore - Head of Unit for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change of DG DEVCO
- Mr. Biyini Effila GABRIEL - Mayor of Yaounde IV District Municipality, Cameroon
- Vincent de Paul Kayanja - Mayor, Entebbe Municipal Council, Uganda
- Eng. Benson Mlambo Mwakina - Director of Renewable Energy Ministry of Energy, Kenya
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Aarti Krishnan, Karishma Banga and Maximiliano Mendez-Parra. 60 pages
This working paper explores the implications of the digitalisation of agriculture, with a focus on East Africa. It addresses the following key questions:
- What is AgriTech?
- What prevents adoption of AgriTech?
- What does disruption mean within AgriTech?
- What are the pathways through which AgriTech may disrupt livelihoods and support transformation?
- The production and exchange model consists of three scopes: backward exchange, horizontal offers and information services, whereby farmers gain production-related information, sometimes along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data analytics support, generally at the pre-production and production stage of the value chain.
- Output exchange occurs midstream in the value chain, consisting of three scopes: forward exchange, post-harvest and information services. This is an auction-based model, wherein farmers are provided information on crop prices and on logistic prices to transport products, as well as post-harvest services such as grading and packaging.
- Trading and sharing consists of five scopes: marketplace matching, horizontal offers, information services, complex information services, production and harvest services, and sharing and knowledge exchange. This model covers the full value chain, as it includes services from the pre-production stage to the output sale.
- Guarantee purchase and logistics consists of two scopes; guaranteed purchase and prices, and information services. In this case, Ag-platform firms act as intermediaries and buyers, by taking the onus of loss onto themselves. They provide farmers with contracts, along with a guarantee of purchase at specific market defined prices.
- The single buyer-led (integrated) model works within a completely vertically integrated value chain, wherein the main off-taker, be it a processor or a retailer, directly controls the entire value chain and there is already a predetermined market.
Report 2. AG-PLATFORMS IN EAST AFRICA: National and regional policy
- Section 1 highlights the multiple value creation and capture opportunities as compared with traditional value chains.
- Section 2 zooms in on East Africa and compares East African countries in terms of digital and regulatory readiness.
- Section 3 lays out a typology of Ag-platform models. It presents five models of Ag-platform delivery across a value chain, which consists of a combination of various scopes (breadth of functions and processes) and scales (destination of final product).
- Sections 4 and 5 explore the potential of Ag-platforms to act as a bridge for national policy gaps in the short term.
- The final section provides a roadmap for policy-makers to develop sustainable Ag-platforms that engender value capture maximisation and act as an effective bridge of policy gaps. Thus, the various business models of Ag-platforms developed, and the related policy deficits, can be matched to policy goals, in order to create win/win opportunities for the poor.
In order to deliver sustainable, healthy diets for all, food systems must be fundamentally transformed. They remain profoundly dysfunctional. Most countries are not on track to meet most of the nutrition targets for 2025 by the World Health Assembly. So much more has to be done, including shifting dietary patterns globally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and impacts on biodiversity.
- The aim and key added value of this report is to draw on the best available science and evidence to set out a practical way forward which is grounded in the realities of policy development in LMICs.
- The advice and recommendations offered by the Global Panel are aimed primarily at decision makers in LMICs, but they alone cannot turn global challenges around. In a highly interconnected world, high-income countries also have a vital role to play, particularly where their own decisions have impacts on LMICs. High-income countries (HICs) not only share responsibility for some of the major problems facing us all but are also facing obesity and diet-related disease epidemics of their own.
- This report shows that the underlying problems run deep. Our food systems are failing to produce the foods essential for healthy diets in sufficient quantity and at affordable prices. They are also driving degradation of the natural environment – soil, water and air quality, biodiversity loss and climate change – and dangerously undermining our future well-being. Since this report was commissioned in 2018, COVID-19 has highlighted just how fragile and precarious the world’s food systems have become. The situation is unsustainable.
See Panel members with partners and other stakeholders talking about the report here.
Speakers and Panelists:
- Dr QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO & Global Panel member
- Dr Anna Lartey, Director, Food and Nutrition, Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO)
- H.E. John Kufuor, Co-Chair, Global Panel
- Sir John Beddington, Co-Chair, Global Panel
- Dr Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
- Prof. Patrick Webb, Global Panel Technical Adviser
- Prof. Tim Benton, Co-Chair, Global Panel Lead Expert Group
- Dr Francesco Branca, Director of the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, World Health Organization (WHO)
- Ms. Diane Holdorf, Managing Director, Food and Nature of World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety to the Prime Minister of Pakistan
The report makes an important contribution to the debate on how well-functioning markets can contribute to inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. SOCO 2020 discusses policies, innovative mechanisms and digital innovations that can promote the participation of developing countries and smallholder farmers in global value chains. The report also looks at policy responses to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food value chains, both nationally and globally.
- The report estimates that about one-third of global agricultural and food exports are traded within a global value chain and cross borders at least twice.
- The rise of global value chains is driven by income growth, lower trade barriers and technological advancements, which have transformed markets and trade processes, linking farmers to traders and consumers across regions and countries.
- Smallholder farmers, however, are often missing out on the benefits of global value chains. Furthermore, the emergence of global value chains with the stringent food quality and safety requirements could further marginalize smallholders.
- Digital technologies can help markets to function better and can improve farmers' access to them. Innovations, such as food e-commerce, can benefit both farmers and consumers. However, to guarantee that the dividends of digital innovation are shared with the poorest, the current digital divide in agriculture needs to be reduced.
- The adoption of more inclusive business models, such as contract farming and blockchains, can also help farmers to better integrate into modern and more complex value chains.
- The report makes the case for the role agri-food markets can play in fostering sustainable development.
- It argues that the promotion and wider application of voluntary sustainability certification schemes and standards in agriculture, for example, can address trade‑offs between economic, environmental and social objectives.
- Sustainability certification schemes can promote fair trade, inclusion, non‑discrimination, and environmentally-friendly farm practices. They also can ensure occupational safety, ban child labour, and encourage investments.
- International agri-food trade has been driven by: technological progress; urbanization; population and income growths; lower transport costs; trade policies and a decline in average import tariffs.
- Upper and lower middle‐income countries together have increased their share in global agri‐food exports from about 25 percent in 2001 to 36 percent in 2018.
- Whilst global agri-food trade has doubled since 1995 in real value, its growth rate has been slower since the 2008 financial crisis. This is expected to be further impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The 2008 financial crisis and consequent economic slowdown stalled the evolution of agri-food global value chains, and the COVID-19 pandemic could further disrupt their potential in global trade and growth.
- Digital technologies are transforming all stages of the food value chain - from farm to table. They improve efficiency, create jobs and save resources. But it is difficult to foresee all the impacts technological innovation can have on how we grow, process, trade and consume food.
- While countries in Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific tend to trade within the same regions, countries in South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, sub‑Saharan Africa, North America, and the Middle East and North Africa trade more globally. About 90percent of exports in agricultural commodities from sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean are destined for other regions.
- Trade will continue to play an important role in global food security and nutrition, by moving food from surplus to deficit regions.
- Regional trade agreements can stimulate global value chain participation and spur institutional and policy reform. However, as many vulnerable countries continue to rely on global markets, the promotion of the multilateral trading system is important.
- The larger part of agri‑food trade is made up of processed food products.
Monday, September 28, 2020
The latest development of this positive alternative narrative has been presented by Saverio Krätli in the Pastoral Development Orientation Framework launched by MISEREOR just before CELEP’s annual general meeting in 2019. This narrative provides a good basis on which to develop a more consistent and united understanding of pastoral systems amongst those working to support pastoralism.
Overall objective: The overall objective of this webinar was to exchange on a shared understanding, view and vocabulary about pastoralism with actors involved in technical programmes as well as advocacy concerning pastoralism.
- Saverio Kratli (independent researcher, editor of the journal Nomadic Peoples, author of the Pastoral Development Orientation Framework for Ethiopia);
- Monica Yator (Pastoralist Development Network Kenya, PDNK);
- Abdulkadir Noor (Partnership for Pastoralist Development Association, PAPDA), Ethiopia;
- Loupa Pius (Dynamic Agro-pastoralist Development Organisation, DADO), Uganda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of biofortified staple crops as a practical, cost-effective strategy for the delivery of essential micronutrients to vulnerable rural communities in low- and middle-income countries—especially smallholder farming families who cannot afford or readily access nutritionally diverse diets. As a result of income shocks and other disruptions caused by COVID-19, many of these farming families—as well as other low-resource populations—are relying even more on relatively affordable staple crops for sustenance.
- What does the “COVID-19 effect” mean for ongoing efforts to scale up biofortification globally, as a nutrition solution available under any conditions?
- What are priorities for action by governments, funders, practitioners, and other stakeholders to keep the scaling up effort on track?
- Dr. Asrat Dibaba, Chief of Party, ENRICH-MNCH Program, World Vision Canada
- Nora Tobin, Executive Director, Self-Help International
- Simon Heck, Program Director, International Potato Center (CIP/CGIAR)
- Moderator: Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Author of "The First 1,000 Days" & "The Last Hunger Season"
15 September 2020. HarvestPlus and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to source for a contractor that will conduct a market sizing assessment among various actors involved in the bean seed and bean grain sector in Kenya. This is to establish the current size, capacity, transactional arrangements, and business models of seed producers, and aggregators. This information is critical in developing a scale up plan for production, distribution, marketing, and demand creation of new biofortified iron bean varieties.
Friday, September 25, 2020
21-25 September 2020. The 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change
CBA14 gathered together more than 500 people from over 70 countries for an innovative online event that delivered learning, networking and creative dialogue. This page brings you some highlights from the five-day event.CBA14 presented eight short films about local climate adaptation projects and invited participants to vote for their favourite. We announced the winner at the closing plenary.
Short videos can be an effective way to illustrate the nuances of complex issues, personal experiences of climate change or valuable lessons emerging from a project. The eight videos featured projects in Eastern Kenya, India, Honduras, Kenya, South-Africa, Uganda and Nepal, and focused on topics such as nature-based solutions, climate finance and adaptation technology.
The winning video portrayed Women’s Climate Centers International (WCCI), a project that links women from Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and the United States to create women-led one-stop climate centres in Africa. Read more about the project at WeAdapt or watch the video below:
WCCI will receive sponsorship for one person to attend CBA15 next year. The winning film will also be screened at We The Peoples Film Festival 2020, the annual flagship event of the United Nations Association Westminster.
CBA conversations: fostering resilience in the Sahel
COVID-19 has turned our world digital and forced many conversations online – but learning and knowledge exchange on climate resilience haven’t stopped.
Taking meetings virtual, the interactive platform Africa Learning Forum on Adaptation (ALFA) Sahel 2020 convenes practitioners, scientists, decision makers and researchers to share challenges and opportunities for building climate resilience in the Sahel drylands of west Africa.
This landscape offers huge potential for productive livelihoods. But its people are among the poorest and most vulnerable on earth.
The webinars aim to understand drivers and barriers for climate resilience in the region. Discussions have covered current and future climate science projections, trends in livelihood systems and natural resource governance and conflict. ALFA Sahel shares outcomes online. To keep the webinars responsive to needs, polls during each session determine the topic for the next.
Programme lead Sanoussi Ababale said: “During these two-day forums we brainstorm ways to build resilience among the diverse yet vulnerable Sahelian people and their landscape. We’re also building knowledge on how governance systems influence farmers’ and pastoralists’ access to natural resources given the Sahel’s changing climate.”
He added: “The topic for next month’s webinar will be ‘Gender and resilience’. Join us!” Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Christine Mhundwa Host & Moderator Deutsche Welle
- Maria Flachsbarth Parliamentary State Secretary BMZ
- Azola Devi Agripreneur India
- Million Belay Alliance for Food Sovereignty for Africa - Ethiopia
- Carola van Rijnsoever Director BZ Netherlands
- Juliette Kouassi Aboucao cocoa cooperative Côte d’Ivoire
- Nana Adjoa Sifa Amponsah Yo!Gate Foods - Guzakuza Ghana
- Joseph Ngaah Kakamega County Farmers Association - Kenya
- Elizabeth Nsimadala Pan Africa Farmers Organization Uganda
- Mathias Mogge Welthungerhilfe Germany
- Moses Kimani Lentera Africa Kenya
- Devi Murthy Kamal Kisan India
- Clas Neumann SAP-Labs China
2 July 2020. Report of the Video Conference on Boosting Agricultural Research and Innovation to achieve to achieve the agenda 2063 Target in Africa
Rapport (Version en Francais) ; Note conceptuelle ; Agenda (Francais)
- Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) Analysis of trends, challenges, and opportunities for agricultural funding in Africa
- Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo Director, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission African Union Policy and Programmatic support to Science and Technology initiatives in Africa
- Dr. Ramadjita Tabo Regional and Research program Director, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), West and Central Africa Policy formulation to facilitate private-sector participation and encourage technology commercialization
- Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, Executive Director, Conseil Ouest Africain pour la Recherche Agricole Promotion of regional cooperation and Innovation and technology hubs and poles (Centres of Excellence) as tools for raising research and development expenditure
- Prof. Hamidou Tamboura Director, Fond pour la Recherche et l’Innovation pour le Développement (FONRID, Burkina Faso) Establish and/or strengthen national agencies responsible for mobilizing the funding for agricultural research and development, Case of Burkina Faso
- Christophe Larose, Head of Sector : sustainable agriculture, DEVCO C1. DeSIRA program
2- MS, RECs, AUC, SROs and development partners to encourage and strengthen agricultural science- policy interface in terms of facilitating decision makers to allocate more budget in agricultural research and development.
3-MS are urged to encourage and strengthen the role of PPP in agricultural research for development
4-The research centers should establish and/or strengthen their consultancy units to respond to the private sector research needs
5-The research centers should strengthen their linkage with producers’ organizations along the agricultural value chain to provide paid services base on research need.
6-Encourging the research institutions to develop a dynamic and innovative financing plan to respond to emerging agricultural research challenges.
7- Encourage MS to gradually diminish import bills as a means of freeing up or redirecting financial resources to support endogenous production led by increased use of the technologies and innovations generated in the continent
20 May 2020. Video Conference on The implications of Covid-19 on pastoralism development in Africa.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
REPORT: Nutrition-sensitive investments in agriculture and food systems. Budget analysis guidance note
This budget analysis guidance note was written by FAO in collaboration with the SUN Movement Secretariat and with substantial contribution from the UN Network, Results for Development and MQSUN+.
23/09. SUN announcement: European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Ms Jutta Urpilainen, joined the SUN Lead Group
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Principally the report aims to estimate the distribution of value, costs and profits for different chocolate products from cocoa farmers to consumers and explore the influencing factors. It also compares the value accrued by farmers for the different products. Its main findings are that 70% of the total value are accrued by brands and retailers, the final two actors in the chain. At the opposite end of the chain, 18.6% of total value is accrued in cocoa producing countries.
- This study investigates the French market of dark and milk chocolate tablets, as well as confectionery bars and breakfast cocoa powder sold in supermarket stores - made of cocoa beans grown in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ecuador, and Cameroon to provide better insight into the aggregate on value creation and cost along the various stages of the cocoa and chocolate chain.
- It shows that differentiation in value creation and cost takes place mainly in the two last stages of the chain. Main factors linked to downstream differentiation are product brand and reputation, and market segmentation, as well as other less tangible consumer product attributes. On the other hand, the research indicates that the value and costs associated with the stages from cocoa cultivation to chocolate couverture manufacturing are much more stable.
- This study will be a key element of the EU dialogue for sustainable cocoa and of the policy dialogues at country level. It will allow to simulate various levels of prices and premiums (notably Living Income Differential) and to assess their impacts on the various segments of the chain in terms of margin, costs, value added creation and impact on final price to consumers.
- 20200630_Webinar on ‘Comparative study on the distribution of the value in European chocolate chains’ – Agenda
- 20200630_Webinar on ‘Comparative study on the distribution of the value in European chocolate chains’ – Press Release
- ‘Comparative study on the distribution of the value in European chocolate chains’ – Full report
- ‘Comparative study on the distribution of the value in European chocolate chains’ – Executive Summary (EN)
- ‘Comparative study on the distribution of the value in European chocolate chains’ – Executive Summary (FR)
The concept note and agenda of the dialogue is available here
It builds upon the initiative of the two main producing countries, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, existing initiatives of EU Member States, third countries, and international organisations. Considering the role of the EU as policy and global standard setter, the objective of the dialogue is to support the elimination of child labour and child trafficking, the protection and restorations of forests, and to ensure a living income for cocoa farmers.
- Welcome remarks by Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships
- HE Abou Dosso Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire
- HE Harriet Sena Siaw-Boateng Ambassador of Ghana to the EU
- Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit, Multilateral Environmental Cooperation, DG ENV
- Maija Laurila, Head of Unit, Company law, DG JUST 2
- Mr. Harold Poelma, European Cocoa Association Chairman and President Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate
- Christophe Alliot, Le Basic
- Mathilde Mesnard, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD
- Introductory remarks: Koen Doens, Director General, DG DEVCO
- Toussaint N'Guessan, President of the Board, World Cocoa Producer Organisation (WCPO)
- Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Parlamentary Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
- Francesco d’Ovidio, Fundamentals, International Labour Organization (ILO) o Antonie Fountain, Managing Director, VOICE-Network
- Views from Heidi Hautala, Vice-President of the European Parliament
- Closing remarks by Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People and responsible for Trade (designate)
- Wrap up and next steps by the moderator Viwanou Gnassounou, Executive Business and Development Policy Advisor
30 June 2020. A webinar was hosted on 30th of June by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ms. Heidi Hautala, and the welcoming remarks were made by Ms. Carla Montesi, Director at DG DEVCO, Mr. Mohamed Manssouri, Director at FAO Investment Centre and Mr. Harold Poelma, ECA Chairman.
The event was attended by 200 participants
It welcomed the following speakers: H.E. Abou Dosso, Ambassador of Ivory Coast to Belgium, H.E. Sena Siaw-Boateng, Ambassador of Ghana to Belgium, H.E. Pablo Ortiz García, Ambassador of Ecuador to Belgium, Mr. Antonie Fountain, Managing Director of VOICE Network, Ms. Awa Traoré Bamba, Managing Director of Cooperative CAYAT, and Mr. Aldo Cristiano, Chairman of CAOBISCO.
This book presents a forward-looking analysis of Ethiopia’s agrifood system in the context of a rapidly changing economy. Many of the policies for a successful agricultural and rural development strategy for Ethiopia are relevant for other African countries and how this book can serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, development specialists, and others concerned with economic development in Africa south of the Sahara.
- Opening Remarks Johan Swinnen, Director General, IFPRI
- Paul Dorosh, Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI
- Bart Minten, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
- Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
- Lulit Mitik Beyene, CEO, Ethiopian Economics Association
- Dominique Davoux, Head of Rural Development, Green Sector and Food Security, European Union Delegation
- John F. Hoddinott, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food & Nutrition Economics and Policy Division of Nutritional Sciences, NS CALS, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
- Nemera Gebeyehu Mamo, Deputy Commissioner, Planning and Development Commission, Ethiopia
By creating connections between cutting-edge scientific research and the most pressing challenges of a generation, the European Research and Innovation Days represent a unique opportunity to join the conversation and enact real change. From tackling the climate crisis to building a digital world that works for everyone, we’ll delve into the questions that shape who we are and the future we want to live in: it’s time to get involved!
The event is all about collaboration: bringing together individuals and experts from all areas to build connections and ignite a brighter future.
- EVP Frans Timmermans
- Mariya Gabriel
- Eimear Manning
- Johan Rockström
- Yousef Yousef
- Jean-Eric Paquet
Experts from different fields linked to nutrients will discuss the environmental impacts of excessive nutrient flows and the possible solutions and barriers for bringing the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles within safe regional and planetary boundaries.
Speakers : John Bell, Mark A. Sutton, Chiara Manoli, Jannes Maes, Annika Eskusson
22/09 @ 12:45 Building a POST-COVID FOOD SYSTEM ECONOMY that works for people, planet and climate
Food must be treated less as a commodity and more as a common good. This session will explore alternative models for a new multi-objective food systems economy that can meet the EU Green Deal and Farm to Fork Strategy objectives.
- John Bell, DG Research and Innovation
- Johan Swinnen, DG IFPRI
- Silke Thiele, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel; Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences; Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies. Germany
- Ana Moragues, Senior Research Fellow (Ramón y Cajal) at the University of Barcelona and a visiting fellow at the Sustainable Places Institute at Cardiff University.
The session will show how Horizon Europe will support the European Green Deal through science, research & innovation. It will improve our understanding of biodiversity decline and drive action for biodiversity & ecosystems protection & restoration, by promoting nature-based solutions & sustainable management of natural capital.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Food Security / Food systems
- The Making of a Model: integrating environmental sustainability and farmer incomes to measure the cost of ending hunger
- This research project wants to answer two linked questions: (i) What will it cost governments to end hunger as defined by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2? (ii) And what are the most effective public investments to end hunger sustainably based on the available evidence?
- 13 October 2020. Online dialogue. A WORLD WITHOUT HUNGER IS POSSIBLE – WHAT MUST BE DONE. Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, will use this online event for a discussion with German and international guests on the latest scientific studies, and on practical ways of fighting hunger and poverty.
REPORT: Bridging demand and supply of private investment capital for small and medium agribusinesses
- T.S. Jayne, Richard Ferguson, Sloans Chimatiro, September 2020 ©FCDO, 56 pages
- The study assesses whether what is needed is different forms of capital; greater work to provide the pre-conditions for private investment in agri-food systems; or both of these. The resulting analysis addresses the needs and interests of both investors and investment-support stakeholders.
- African food staple value chains are important long-term endeavours that will still require grant financing, blended finance, technical support, and de-risking guarantees if they are to be considered fertile ground for impact investors.
- Panel discussion: 15/09 AGRF. Including Thom Jayne is University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. In 2019, Jayne is seconded to the African Development Bank, serving as Special Advisor to the President.
- Alberto Didoni, Varcando Ltd., 2020©FCDO. 33 pages
- Recommendation: Donors should keep financing high-risk incubation work
- Panel discussion: 15/09 AGRF
- Alvaro Valverde, September 2020 ©FCDO, 75 pages
- Panel discussion: 15/09 AGRF
- European Court of Auditors., 73 pages
- Limited Impacts of EU Aid: Between 2014-2020, Kenya received $515 million from the European Union for developments in food security, sustainable agriculture, and accountability of public institutions.
- To increase impacts of development spending, the report recommends that aid focus on fewer areas, with an emphasis on manufacturing to increase job creation.
- 16/09 Audit finds EU aid to Kenya lacked impact : “In agriculture in the longer term or middle term there will be less jobs. At the same time, there are a lot of opportunities to create more value on this production chain in Kenya and that would be easily part of the manufacturing activity and creating jobs, doing something with these agricultural products.” ; “Job creation in particular, will feature prominently in the negotiations with Kenya on the next country program. It is already the focus of successful ongoing initiatives which support agriculture in the country.”
- September 2020, 380 pages
- This book provides a global overview of agricultural extension and advisory services, assesses and compares extension systems at the national and regional levels, examines the performance of extension approaches in a selected set of country cases (Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda), and shares lessons and policy insights.
- 10 September 2020. BOOK LAUNCH Virtual Event - Co-Organized by IFPRI and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).
REPORT: Africa Agriculture Status Report. Feeding Africa’s Cities: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policies for Linking African Farmers with Growing Urban Food Markets.
- Nairobi, Kenya: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). 262 pages
- 8 September. AGRF Policy Symposium - AASR Report Launch: Feeding Africa’s Cities
- Incl. Dr. Agnes Kalibata (AGRA); Prof. Thomas Jayne (MSU) ; Dr. Máximo Torero Cullen (FAO)
- ECDPM paper, July 2020, 20 pages
- Tackling the myriad sustainability challenges related to food – from the environmental impacts of food production to the health consequences of inadequate diets – requires systemic interventions that improve sustainability at local, national, and international level.
- This survey highlighted the private sector’s desire for considerable reforms to make the global trade rules system fairer and more transparent.
- The analysis, done ahead of the selection of the new WTO director general, surveyed a total of 200 African CEOs around issues concerning the WTO and trade in general.
- It covered a number of areas which revealed a general consensus that the current rules penalise the African continent and its private sector.
REPORT: Food Crises and COVID‑19:Emerging evidence and implications. An analysis of acute food insecurity and agri‑food systemsduring COVID‑19 pandemic.
- Technical note. 38 pages
- Global Network Against Food Crises is re-orienting its key priorities within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with emphasis on enhancing the generation and sharing of evidence-based information and analysis on food crises and COVID-19 effects.
- 15/09 European Commissioner Janez Lenarcic opened the UNGA side event
REPORT: Survey on bilateral actors’ emerging priorities, short- and long-term financing and programming implications in light of COVID-19.
- developed by OECD, 34 pages
- The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched a new COVID-19 cross-border trade report , 48 pages
- It urges governments on the continent to adopt and harmonize policies that will help continent strike an appropriate balance between curbing the spread of the virus and facilitating emergency and essential trade.
Green DealREPORT: The WWF 2020 Living Planet Report
- released 10/09, published by WWF every two years, documents trends in biodiversity and the health of our planet, 83 pages
- “The recently proposed EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies are potential game changers and must now be unequivocally endorsed and implemented by Member States and Parliament. But that is not enough. We must also curb the EU’s global footprint, which is driving the destruction of forests, grasslands and other precious ecosystems outside of Europe. A strong new law to keep products linked to deforestation out of the EU market is urgently needed!”
REPORT: Global Biodiversity Outlook 5.
- Montreal. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2020) 212 pages.
- The Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It is a periodic report that summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention.
ARTICLE: The 10 Elements of Agroecology
- New FAO peer-reviewed publication, 19 pages
- FAO) has approved the 10 Elements of Agroecology as an analytical framework to support the design of differentiated paths for agriculture and food systems transformation, hence facilitating improved decision-making by policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders in differing contexts at a range of levels on a number of scales.
Collaborating for adaptation : findings and outcomes of a research initiative across Africa and Asia
- International Development Research Centre. 2020. Ottawa, Canada. 46 pages
- The Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands (VCARID), focused on the value chains related to cotton in Burkina Faso and Pakistan, and livestock in Kenya, Senegal, and Tajikistan.
- Enric Sala wants to change the world--and in this compelling book, he shows us how. Once we appreciate how nature works, he asserts, we will understand why conservation is economically wise and essential to our survival.