News and op-eds

The latest news and editorials related to issues pertinent to the vision and mission of the Platform.

News and op-eds

The latest news and editorials related to issues pertinent to the vision and mission of the Platform.

  • 8 November 2022

    In the face of multiple crises, COVID-19, climate change, conflicts, youth bulge, and now the war in Ukraine, which is severely impacting the food security in Africa, it is more than ever urgent to create decent employment and income opportunities in agribusiness for young people in rural areas in Africa. This will reduce poverty,

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  • 21 October 2022

    Key messages from a virtual roundtable “Reshaping Food Systems Financing in a Crisis and Post-Crisis Environment: Driving Donors’ Commitments” on 29 September, 2022. Co-organized by the GDPRD with IFAD and the European Commission, in collaboration with the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub.

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  • 20 October 2022

    Rural communities across the world are up against a myriad of challenges. From Latin America, across Africa and the Middle East, all the way to the Pacific Islands – poor rural communities and small rural producers are up against a mammoth combination of crisis

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  • 20 October 2022

    War, climate change, droughts, and other weather events are all making the struggle to end hunger and malnutrition even more difficult. Read this interview with Matthieu Le Grix, head of AFD’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity Department, who warns us that food security is

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  • 19 October 2022

    USAID Administrator Samantha Power called for an acceleration and expansion of agricultural investment as a critical pillar of addressing current and future global food crises, and announced new USAID initiatives to spur research to improve agricultural production around the world, strengthen resilience, and address

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  • 16 October 2022

    This needs assessment was conducted in July-September, 2022 based on the review of statistical and administrative reports, legal and normative acts, and interviews with key Government of Ukraine (GoU) authorities including the Ministry of Justice, State Geocadastre, the Ministry of Development of Communities and

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  • 19 September 2022

    While in Sri Lanka on 10 September 2022, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced an additional $40 million in development assistance to help farmers purchase fertilizer and other vital agricultural inputs. Links

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  • 19 September 2022

    The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is aligning itself with the fields of action of modern international cooperation and is adopting a new structure as of 1 September 2022. The SDC is now divided into three geographical divisions, one thematic division and

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  • 14 July 2022

    Global food prices are at an all-time high. Equally alarmingly is the skyrocketing price of fertilizers, which risks farmers using less in the coming season and escalating the crises due to reduced crop yields. Useful Resources on the

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  • 14 July 2022

    Reach the Furthest Behind First: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out an ambitious view of the world we want to live in, in 2030. Ireland, and the European Union, have placed the SDGs at the heart of our approach to international development.

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  • 13 July 2022

    The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) co-organized a virtual round table with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC) on “Addressing the Impacts of the War in Ukraine on 3F (Food, Fuel, Fertilizer) Prices for Rural Small-Scale

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  • 13 July 2022

    The Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment (TWG RYE) has recently been exploring the topic of green jobs for youth. This ongoing conversation led to a webinar “Green Jobs for Rural Youth in Agri-food Systems”, which took place on 25 April 2022, to discuss

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  • 22 June 2022

    Links The SDG2 Advocacy Hub has gathered a set of asks for the G7 to act on the need for urgent action on the global food and nutrition crisis and to secure a sustainable future for people

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  • 13 June 2022

    Links Over the last few months, the SDG2 Advocacy Hub has been working with partners to explore how a new consensus, crafted and signed by smallholder farmers organizations, civil society, governments and international organizations, could contribute to

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  • 27 May 2022

    A special series of posts on the IFPRI blog providing analysis on the implications of rising food and fertilizer prices.

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  • 27 May 2022

    The Global Donor Working Group on Land joins in the commemorations by sharing short testimonies from their Chair, Vice-Chair and members, on what The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) have meant to them.

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  • 29 April 2022

    Links Throughout 2022, the Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment (TWG RYE) will be following the policy convergence process towards the development of policy recommendations in the Committee of World Food Security (CFS) on Promoting Youth Engagement

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  • 12 April 2022

    The global environment for official development assistance (ODA) to agriculture remains a challenge. Data indicate that ODA from OECD Development Assistance Committee countries increased in real terms to reach an all-time high in 2021, with indications of a growing share of funding provided through multilateral channels.

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  • 23 March 2022

    Links The European Commission presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as

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  • 21 March 2022

    The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development gave a presentation at the CFS Bureau and Advisory Group Meeting on 18 March 2022 during the Substantive Segment “SDG 2 and Financing for Sustainable Development” together with IFAD and the World Bank.

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  • 15 March 2022

    This Ceres 2030 paper provides policy options for what the G7 can do based on the evidence and research consensus on how much and what action to take—and where to take it—to achieve the Elmau commitment by 2030, while at the same time improving

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  • 15 March 2022

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Information Note Links The Russian Federation and Ukraine are among the most important producers of agricultural commodities in the world. Both countries are net

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  • 14 March 2022

    Links This crisis demands an immediate global response to provide relief in the short term, as well as policy changes to diversify the world’s food markets over the long term to build resilience and avoid future crises. Commodity prices

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  • 9 March 2022

    The global crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic is hindering progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in those critical areas where – as shown by the United Nations’ 2020 report on the SDGs – progress was already limited.

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  • 7 March 2022

    A new report by the International Trade Centre (ITC) presents pathways to make these technologies affordable and available to farmers, boosting their resilience to climate change. Links Many climate-smart technologies exist in Pakistan

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  • 24 February 2022

    The Next Policy Framework (NPF) is a five-year (2023–2028) investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. It will replace the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), which ends March 31, 2023.

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  • 22 February 2022

    Deadline: 5 February 2022 at 11:59 PM (Rome time). FAO and IAAS, in collaboration with YPARD have launched the YCRAC to support and promote youth engaged in developing greener and more resilient agrifood systems.

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  • 22 February 2022

    The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) organized a dynamic virtual workshop with the Ceres2030 team on 14-15 February, as a follow-up to a conversation held in November 2021 by the SDG2 Roadmap Group. Links

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  • 15 February 2022

    USAID Report on Mining Highlights the Role of Land in the Transition to Green Energy Links A new report by USAID, “Mining and the Green Energy Transition”, emphasizes the critical importance of land

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  • 15 February 2022

    The Thematic Working Group of Rural Youth Employment member GIZ (Global Project on Rural Employment with a Focus on Youth) in partnership with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), organized a session on “Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Agri-Food System

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  • 14 February 2022

    Led by the Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL) report working group and together with key stakeholders, a virtual workshop was organized at the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) on the development of the State of Land Tenure and Governance Report.

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  • 21 December 2021

    A virtual round table that explored the actions donors can take to assist countries in their national pathways for food systems transformation. The event followed Chatham House rules and provided an open discussion on the opportunities and challenges for donors in helping to catalyse food systems change.

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  • 10 December 2021

    Jointly organized by the Platform’s Thematic Working Groups on Rural Youth Employment and on Land Governance, as part of the GIZ LandHub Conference - 6 December 2021 Links The joint event dually focused

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  • 2 December 2021

    Links On 2 December, 2021, the agreement on reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) was formally adopted. The new legislation, which is due to begin in 2023, paves the way for a fairer, greener

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  • 1 December 2021

    This Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2021 report provides up-to-date monitoring and evaluation of agricultural policies across countries from all six continents, including the 38 OECD countries and the five non-OECD EU Member States, and eleven emerging and developing economies: Argentina, Brazil, People’s Republic

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  • 21 October 2021

    Food systems must change. This, the UN Food Systems Summit (UN FSS) made very clear. But has the Summit laid the foundations to bring about such change? There is a big win but also some big gaps to be filled for ambition to become

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  • 20 September 2021

    The GDPRD launched a new Declaration of Intent on Food Systems Transformation, to signal the intention of the Platform and its members to work proactively and in a coordinated way to help take forward the outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit.

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  • 10 August 2021

    12 August 2021 is the International Day of Youth, celebrating the vital role of youth in food systems transformation. Youth accounts for one out of every six people worldwide, and, especially in rural Africa, millions of them are engaged in agriculture. The importance that

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  • 30 June 2021

    On 30 June 2021, the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Rural Youth Employment (RYE) organised an Independent Dialogue to the United Nation Food System Summit (UNFSS). The event was centred around two game-changing solutions proposed to the UNFSS by Nourishing Africa (launch of a

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  • 23 June 2021

    On 30 June 2021, the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Rural Youth Employment (RYE) organised an Independent Dialogue to the United Nation Food System Summit (UNFSS). The event was centred around two game-changing solutions proposed to the UNFSS by Nourishing Africa (launch of a

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  • 7 July 2020

    Effective market systems development requires equitable participation and benefits for men, women, and male and female youth. A market systems development approach targets the root causes of poor market systems performance and enables market actors to achieve inclusive growth.

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  • 19 June 2020

    On Thursday 11 June 2020, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) concluded its COVID-19-themed webinar series with a conversation about the tourism sector and its importance for the least developed countries (LDCs). Links

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  • 29 April 2020

    As the lockdowns continue worldwide and impacts of Covid-19 keep unfolding, policymakers have not only been put under pressure to make quick decisions, but also to justify their support to agriculture (as well as other sectors) from an emergency perspective. To act responsibly under

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  • 7 April 2020

    As the lockdowns continue worldwide and the commentaries on food security and COVID-19 start to come in, the Ceres 2030 initiative held an online reflection on the implications of the COVID -19 pandemic on global food security on 7 April 2020. The virtual meeting

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  • 28 February 2020

    A dialogue with development practitioners on Ceres2030’s eight evidence syntheses aimed at identifying the best interventions and entry points to achieve SDG2 and a deep dive in the economic costing model to estimate how much it will cost.

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  • 24 January 2020

    On the occasion of the 2020 International Green Week in Berlin, Germany the SDG2 Roadmap Group initiated an informal meeting with a diverse group of stakeholders on 20 January 2020. The meeting was convened by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development and the

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  • 19 December 2019

    “Rural youth and decent jobs creation in food systems" was the title of the side event organised by Global Donor Platform for Rural Development’s Rural Youth Thematic Working Group held on 19 November at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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  • 19 December 2019

    The 2019 World Export Development Forum (WEDF) brought together more than 1,000 business leaders, policymakers, and young entrepreneurs from over 100 countries who convened in Addis Ababa to better exploit the opportunities for growth through trade. The Forum’s theme this year was “Trade and

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  • 18 December 2019

    As leaders of tomorrow, youth play a crucial role in shaping a transformative land governance sector. To highlight their significant contributions to national and regional efforts to address land governance related issues, a side-event at the 2019 Conference for Land Policy in Abidjan, Côte

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  • 18 December 2019

    To contribute to capacity development of land professionals in Africa, the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) has established the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA). The network, which consists of fifty partners from leading African universities and research institutions, has developed

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  • 29 November 2019

    “Effective land governance and management is…indispensable to efforts to promote inclusive and sustainable socioeconomic development in support of Africa’s structural transformation,” such as the continent’s 50-year development plan, Agenda 2063, said Stephen Karingi, Director of the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division at the

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