Addis Ababa, 27 Jul 2015. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda facilitates a transformation in finance for development especially in respect to the agriculture and rural development. The international community recognised that most of the poor living people live in rural areas and are dependable on agriculture to ensure food security and dignified livelihood, and agreed to support sustainable agriculture. The outcome of the AAAA was set to create the means for a full implementation of the SDGs and it reflects the changing finance environment – giving more importance to private sector than the ODA.

Washington, 23 Jul 2015. Designed to address the land degradation agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), TerrAfrica has been set up as an international partnership for scaling up sustainable land and water management (SLWM) in SSA countries. It is investment-oriented and knowledge-based. It was formed 10 years ago (2005) under the auspices of African ministers in charge of agriculture and the environment, following the 2004 Declaration of Paris on Aid Harmonization. It is led by African Union’s NEPAD Agency (NPCA), which hosts the TerrAfrica Secretariat. The partnership now mobilizes 26 Sub-saharan African countries, as well as regional organizations, the civil society, the research community, and international partners. TerrAfrica partners include SSA Governments, NEPAD Agency (NPCA), regional and sub-regional organizations (e.g. CILSS), the UNCCD Secretariat and the Global Mechanism (GM), FAO, IFAD, AfDB, UNDP, UNEP, the World Bank (WB), the EC, and the Governments of the Netherlands and Norway. The GEF Secretariat has observer status. Activities have been organized along 3 directions: “Regional Coalition Building”, “Regional Knowledge Management”, and “Country Investment” promotion. They’ve been financed through a multidonor trust fund administered by the World Bank. Terrafrica doesn’t allocate resources for actual investment, but supports “whatever” is needed towards that - at scale.

Online, 21 Jul 2015. Agriculture, forestry and other forms of land use generate around a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and in many countries, the proportion of emissions from land use is far higher. At the same time, these sectors are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. There are opportunities to redirect the hundreds of billions spent annually on land use around the world toward green activities without sacrificing either productivity or economic development. Low and middle-income countries and their development partners, as well as businesses and investors, urgently need to identify the changes in public support that can help to drive scaled-up private sector investment in land use mitigation and adaptation. This study has developed three tools to help governments and their partners achieve this. It presents these tools that governments in lower and middle-income countries and their multilateral and bilateral partners can use to inform the design of efficient and effective land use mitigation and adaptation strategies, to identify domestic and international financial instruments that can redirect public and private finance towards greener land-use practices, and to encourage coordination between public instruments across land-use sectors. The three tools developed by Climate Focus and CPI in this joint study supported by the EU REDD Facility of the European Forest Institute are: Landscape of land use finance, Financial viability-gap, Public finance mapping.

Washington, 20 Jul 2015. The need for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to build more productive, modern, and market-oriented farming sectors is one of our most pressing development challenges. An essential precondition to increase and improve the information on which farmers and agribusinesses base their production and investment decisions, and on which public sector institutions base their policies. The purpose of the Agribusiness Indicators (ABIs) Project is to provide this kind of empirical information in the form of a series of metrics and indicators that can be used to measure change over time and to make direct comparisons between countries, especially policy makers. These indicators will be used to inform policy dialogue, including dialogue between representatives of the private and public sectors. It will provide a common framework of reference with which to communicate their respective concerns, priorities, and intentions. Some of the indicators are particularly useful in revealing the attributes of countries with policy portfolios that are supportive of agribusiness investment. The countries selected for this study were Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Geneva, 17 Jul 2015. Donors are increasingly integrating their trade and development agendas to achieve sustainable policies by placing trade as the core engine of economic growth in partner countries. The specific case of agricultural trade is important for the post 2015 process given the dominance of agriculture for trade, food security and poverty alleviation in many developing nations. The bridging of aid, trade and investments by donors is relatively new territory and this Platform event allowed partner countries and farmer organisations an opportunity to respond to this new trend by donors, based on their own development requirements in Asia, Africa as well as requirement specific to farmers.

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