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Over 50 international representatives from civil society, farmers’ organisations, donors, government and the private sector determined today to continue the constructive dialogue and advance points of consensus in the lead up to HLF4 in Busan.
The delegates were meeting under the auspices of a Multi-stakeholder forum on aid and development effectiveness in agriculture and rural development, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 8 April 2011. The meeting was co-hosted by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), BetterAid and the Agricultural Non State Actors’ Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania.
Building on a history of partnership and collaborative engagement on issues affecting aid effectiveness in the agriculture and rural development sector, the delegates’ aim was to reach consensus on the key factors determining aid and development effectiveness in agriculture and rural development to address rural poverty and food security.
The delegates determined to consolidate their partnership and develop a common approach to the 4th High Level Conference on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), to take place in Busan, South Korea, on 29 November to 1 December 2011.
The gathered delegates identified particularities of the agriculture sector that present both challenges and opportunities for ameliorating the way aid is delivered at international, regional, national and local levels to improve the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people, 75 percent of whom depend on agriculture for their livings.
During the dialogue, the delegates reviewed progress made and experience gained through implementing key aid effectiveness principles - including ownership, alignment and harmonisation - in the agriculture and rural development sector since the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008). They also looked at remaining challenges to be addressed, and future opportunities to be attained in the next phases of the international aid effectiveness process.
Mindful of the limited attention paid to agriculture and rural development in previous HLFs, and based on points of consensus reached at the workshop, the delegates proactively developed a set of recommendations for improving aid and development effectiveness in agriculture and rural development. It is anticipated that these be further developed into a set of key messages to be carried by agriculture and rural development stakeholders into the HLF4 in Busan.
Delegates themselves highlighted three overarching issues in their deliberations: accountability, results and multiple-stakeholder engagement.
All agriculture and rural development stakeholders are invited to comment on these recommendations below. All comments will contribute towards our common efforts in the coming months to develop a set of key messages to convey to decision makers gathered at HLF4 in Busan.