Tracking aid for food and nutrition security

oecdlogo1This short brochure produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development sets out trends and patterns in development assistance spending on food and nutrition security.

//  L'Aquila Food Security Initiative

The publication is aimed at monitoring the pledges made under the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI). It shows initial findings, poses methodological questions and proposes further analysis and potential responses. This allows for a comparison to be made between what donors have been focusing on under AFSI, as well as their broader efforts to promote FNS. The brochure is part of a wider programme of tracking the AFSI donors' aid for food security and nutrition. It is based on the well received brochure "Measuring Aid to Agriculture", produced by OECD in 2010.

//  Boosting agricultural sector to achieve MDG 1

The human and economic costs of food insecurity are enormous. Currently, 925 m people are food and nutrition insecure. In other words, nearly one billion people are permanently suffering from hunger. Hungry adults will experience lethargy and diminished physical capabilities, which impacts significantly on their ability to engage in economic activities. Malnutrition alone causes the death of 2.6 million children every year. A child below the age of two suffering from hunger will experience stunting - their mental and physical capabilities will be damaged for life, affecting their prospects of future employment and general well-being.

The members of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and partner governments are channelling increased resources into agriculture in order to help achieve food security and MDG 1 – halving hunger by 2015. The DAC's work on food security is intended to help identify how its members can engage with partner governments and other country-level stakeholders to strengthen and support national policies where these are weak or unsupportive of critical resourcing and actions for food security.

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Aid for Food and Nutrition Security__brochure

PKP 2__ Aid to Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Security

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Virtual briefing__ SDC A+FS Network Face-to-Face meeting

 Marylaure Crettaz presents SDC’s A+FS Network Face-to-Face meeting What are the possible synergies between the outcomes of the SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network F2F meeting and the Platform work plan? Watch the webcast of Marylaure Crettaz, Platform focal point for SDC and the A+FS Network as she presents the meeting, focussing on the issues of outcome reporting in ARD at country level, the potential use of the Voluntary Guidelines on Land for SDC partners and projects, and private sector involvement in agriculture and food security.

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SDC virtual briefing presentation__ A+FS Face-to-Face meeting

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Call for expertise__ Land-based investments in Africa

unecaThe Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is looking for a consultant to assist in conducting an assessment study on large scale land-based investments in Africa.

//  Main objectives

  • Advocate for the inclusion of land in the development agenda, strategies and programmes of the African tri-partite LPI consortium, regional economic communities (RECs), African member states and development partners.
  • Facilitate dialogue on land related issues with a view to raising awareness on the importance of addressing challenges that hamper the appropriate utilization of land towards Africa's socio-economic development, peace and security and environmental sustainability.
  • Coordinate and galvanise the efforts of partners towards effective synergies and partnerships for the implementation of the African agenda on Land Policy, as stated in the AU Declaration on Land.
  • Facilitate capacity building at all levels in support of land policy development and implementation in Africa.
  • Promote networking and knowledge sharing at all levels in order to promote evidence-based land formulation and implementation
  • Develop and build capacity for monitoring and evaluation tools and systems in support of land policy development and implementation
  • Provide technical support and advisory services to RECs and members states on land policy development and implementation
  • Facilitate resource mobilization in support of land policy related research, advocacy, capacity building, technical support and advisory services

//  Declaration on land issues and challenges in Africa

The LPI was established in 2006 as a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). In its first phase (2006-2009) the LPI was successful in developing a Framework and Guidelines (F&G) on Land Policy in Africa, with a view to facilitating national land policy development and implementation processes. The F&G was adopted by the African ministers responsible for land in Addis Ababa in April 2009. They were further endorsed by the highest level of African governance through a Declaration on land issues and challenges in Africa.

For its second phase, the goal of LPI is to assist member states in the implementation of the declaration, in accordance with the F&G in order to achieve socio-economic development, peace and security, and environmental sustainability.

//  Why assess LSLBI in Africa?

This consultancy will support the LPI secretariat in its quest to accomplish the above first objective of its strategic plan: advocate for the inclusion of land in the development agenda, strategies and programmes of the African tri-partite LPI consortium, RECs, African member states and development partners.

Interested experts can send their updated CV by e. mail to the following address:

Dr. Joan Kagwanja

UN Economic Commission for Africa

E-mail: (This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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L’Aquila initiative MfDR & results reporting group__ Update

afsiThe "early harvest report" has been shared with the members of the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI) group's MfDR & results reporting working group. The US utilises it as an input into the G8 accountability report.

//  Case studies in Asia and Africa to be conducted

Building on this first interim report, the final report will be published in the next months and then discussed at the AFSI meeting in third quarter of 2012. With financial support from Germany and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) case studies in Bangladesh, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal will be conducted that will form a key part of the report. The report will feature lessons learned and thereby aims to stimulate efforts for collective reporting and strengthening mutual accountability in international cooperation.

//  AFSI's MfDR and results reporting group


Ensuring strong accountability is a key element of the L'Aquila Initiative, which affirmed the Paris Principles of ownership, alignment, harmonisation, managing for results and mutual accountability. In a regular exercise supported by the OECD, the AFSI Group monitored their progress in delivering the financial pledges of USD 22 billion made in 2009. Since the G8 Summit in Muskoka, Canada, this overview has been published in the G8 accountability reports.

Alongside monitoring financial spending, an assessment of results achieved was also considered necessary. Therefore a small AFSI working group chaired by Germany formed to develop an approach for AFSI's results reporting. Following a workshop jointly organized with IFPRI in February 2012, AFSI members agreed to collectively demonstrate, by means of example that

  •  the AFSI Group provides financial and non-financial inputs
  •  these inputs are managed effectively and efficiently
  •  these inputs lead to results on the ground

Basic principles

A number of basic principles for the results reporting exercise were defined:

  • The group's collective contribution to the achieved impact on the ground should be shown
  • Existing frameworks and data collection systems should be built on
  • The financial and non-financial contributions by all AFSI participants (partner and donor countries, regional and international organizations) would be taken into account
  • The country level would be the main focus of the exercise, to be complemented with observations and analyses from the global and regional level.


Considering the assumed impact pathways related to MfDR, the AFSI group identified a number of indicators:

  • AFSI commitments and disbursements
  • ARD policy and planning
  • Government spending
  • Intermediate results
  • Results

The indicators are based on the CAADP monitoring and evaluation core set of indicators. Indicators of the five areas will be measured and outcomes (areas 4 and 5) will be related to inputs (areas 1 and 2) and intermediate results (areas 3 and 4).

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L’Aquila Joint Statement on Global Food Security

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Virtual briefing__ Building resilience in ARD

 Iris Krebber presents DFID’s Building resilience in ARD “We want people to be resilient to disasters if they live in vulnerable areas, but that is not enough – we want resilient people” – said Iris Krebber, Food Security Advisor at DFID’s Policy Division. Watch the webcast of her presentation on DFID’s approach to building resilience into all its country programmes, and the online discussion with Platform members from the World Bank, OECD, USAID, WFP and CIDA amongst others.

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