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Agenda 2030 and rural transformation

2015 transformed the policy landscape within, which donor agencies work. Against the background of the three major agreements of the international community, namely SDGs/Agenda 2030, Finance for Development and UNFCCC COP21 outcomes on climate change, the donor community has been struggling to adapt to a new role in development.

A further challenge to the development assistance flows from the donor community was posed by the highly in - creased migration of refugees to Europe in 2015. While recognising the positive role ARD plays in combating the reasons for migration, many European countries opted to re-locate ODA assigned budget to migrants support, integration and administration. Donor agencies agree that in the framework of Agenda 2030 even more funds should be transferred to migration countries. The members of the Platform, as well as the international community as a whole, agreed that a higher level of donor coordination and exchange will be required to sustainably address the complicated sustainable development agenda and the challenges to agriculture and rural development in order to achieve measurable positive development on migration and economic development.

It is certain that agriculture and rural development (ARD) constitute highly complex systems and need long-term support. Calling for more sustainability in development by the SDGs challenges the cooperation between new actors such as the trade community or the climate change community, each introducing new approaches, new understanding and a requiring of a profound debate between all partners to achieve joint action towards rural transformation. The Platform’s Strategic Initiative Agenda 2030 addressed these new dimensions of development cooperation. The Platform analysis of SDG 2 on food security and SDG 8 on economic growth and the following debate exemplified the need to define new pathways towards rural transformation considering job creation, trade with value chain development and inclusive agribusiness and new opportunities deriving from rapid urbanisation. However, not every development issue can be a policy priority and the ARD community needs to understand which low hanging fruits are ready to be picked to build a more comprehensive approach to sustainable development of the rural space.

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Latest Agenda 2030 [ID: 156]

Rural youth employment - bridging the gap between transformation and urbanisation

Rome | Italy | October 2017 | BMZ and the European Commission call for more coherence and reevaluation of partnerships for rural youth employment.

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G20 Summit in 2017 - development opportunities for the rural space

Hamburg | Germany | July 2017 | The G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment gives another impetus and increases the momentum for enhanced efforts in youth empowerment.

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Exploring the power of nexus thinking in SDGs implementation

Bonn | Germany | July 2017 | The implementation of the SDGs will require joint efforts from all stakeholders and approaches that either leverage donors’ expertise in one sector in achieving several other goals’ targets or are designed to impact the interlinkages between SDGs.

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Events Agenda 2030 [ID: 157]
2017
29. November
Global | Wednesday, 29. November 2017 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Regional Forum for the Future of Agriculture

The conference will look into the possible ways to use the SDGs to help address global agriculture issues. Additionally, different panels will focus on the European common agricultural policy reform and the specific issues within the Bulgarian agriculture landscape.

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2017
29. November
Global | Wednesday, 29. November 2017 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Africa-EU Summit 2017

Since the historic first Africa-EU Summit in Cairo in 2000, where the Africa-EU partnership framework was established, considerable change has taken place on both continents, which challenge the way Africa and Europe perceive each other.

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2018
18. January
Global | Thursday, 18. January 2018 | Berlin, Germany

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2018

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry.

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2018
22. January
Global | Monday, 22. January 2018 | Montpellier, France

Living territories 2018

The conference will look into the benefits of territorial approaches to agricultural production, agri-chain regulation and services provision. Furthermore, specialists will explore ways for territorial strategies to contribute to renovating the framework for development.

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Interviews Agenda 2030 [ID: 228]

INTERVIEW | Godfrey Bahiigwa, African Union Commission

“You have to have evidence, in order to guide policy and strategy formulation [for rural youth employment]. We need more context specific research to guide our interventions.”

INTERVIEW | Steve Wiggins, ODI

“The growth of labour productivity in agriculture has been stronger around the world in the last 20 years, than it has been in manufacturing.”

INTERVIEW | Matin Qaim, Professor for International Food Economics

“It is about modernisation and linking farmers to markets that is really key from both the poverty and the nutrition perspective.”

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Publications Agenda 2030 [ID: 230]

RURAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2016: FOSTERING INCLUSIVE RURAL TRANSFORMATION

With the growing world population and therefore food demand, the wide spread urbanisation, the growing severity of irregular weather events and the spread of technology all over the world, pose new challenges and open new opportunities for rural areas and rural populations.

EXPLORING TERRITORIAL INEQUALITIES AND THEIR IMPORTANCE FOR RURAL AREAS

We look back at the outcomes and key findings of the conference, drawing from them and informing the ongoing discussion within the Platform about the transformational processes in rural areas and rural-urban inequalities.

TERRITORIAL APPROACHES: RURAL-URBAN LINKAGES AND INCLUSIVE RURAL TRANSFORMATION

IFAD’s publication sees territorial approaches as an entry point for governments and donor agencies to address the full range of factors affecting development processes, such as rural-urban linkages, geographical, social, economic, and environmental concerns.

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Contacts Agenda 2030 [ID: 232]

Contact | Secretariat

Dr. Christian Mersmann

Senior Policy Advisor

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Bernhard Worm

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Martina Karaparusheva

Junior Policy Advisor

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