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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 29 November 2019

    Experiences in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGTs) from several African countries were shared during a side event held by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of

  • 29 November 2019

    The 2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa’s plenary session, “Securing Land Tenure for Women and Other Marginalized Groups”, recognized that sustainable development in Africa cannot be achieved without ensuring the context based implementation of secure land tenure for women, pastoralists, fisher folks, hunter-gathers,

  • 20 November 2019

    On 20 November, the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia hosted the second edition of The Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Forum (YES! Forum). The event built upon the first edition of the YES! Forum held in Dakar in 2018 to support youth entrepreneurship and

  • 6 November 2019

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) organised a joint event on 21 October in Berlin to build on IFAD’s 2019 Rural Development Report - Creating employment opportunities for rural youth.

  • 5 November 2019

    By 2050 we will have to feed more than two billion more people, and that with resources becoming scarcer. The Digitisation in agriculture has a high potential to overcome these enormous challenges and hence has arrived on the international agenda. The Food and Agriculture Organization

  • 4 November 2019

    The topic of rural youth was prominently featured this year at CFS 46 with a large number of youth delegates engaged in different side events and participating in different plenary sessions during the week. Links A side

  • 4 November 2019

    On 14 October 2019, Rome saw the gathering of FAO’s member states, participants, observers and stakeholders for the 46th meeting of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS). A press conference to launch FAO’s report on "The State of Food and Agriculture" (SOFA) 2019

  • 4 November 2019

    Reducing food waste and loss are long-standing challenges undermining efforts to end hunger, improve farmer incomes, and promote sustainable production and consumption. A Ceres2030 side-event informed about the progress of their research in this important area. Links

  • 30 October 2019

    Members of the Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL) were active during CFS 46 in Rome to raise the profile of land tenure security and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGTs) in the context

  • 30 October 2019

    From 14 - 18 October 2019, Rome saw the annual gathering of The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) member states, participants, observers and stakeholders for the 46th meeting of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS). Delegates from 126 countries, key UN organizations and

  • 30 October 2019

    Many times interests of vulnerable and marginalized groups are overshadowed by larger narratives and overall statistics, making them unheard and unspoken. In taking up this eminently important topic, George Washington University, Planet Forward, International Land Coalition (ILC), World Rural Forum together with IFAD hosted

  • 29 October 2019

    Climate variability and extremes, in addition to conflict, are among the key drivers behind the recent uptick in global hunger and one of the leading causes of severe food crises. The cumulative effect of changes in climate is undermining all dimensions of food security

  • 24 October 2019

    Bonn and Rome, 23 October 2019 Download The Board of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is pleased to announce that the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), per a decision by

  • 7 October 2019

    The fight against inequality was at the heart of the discussions at the G7 Summit that took place in Biarritz, France from 24-26 August 2019. A highlight of the summit, that brought together the heads of governments of the G7 countries as well as

  • 5 September 2019

    The objective of this page is to present the SDG land indicators 1.4.2 and 5.a.1. Links Multiple stakeholders in the international land community, including the Global Donor Working Group on Land

  • 28 August 2019

    The Global Donor Platform’s autumn 2019 webinar series, to be launched on 10th September, is a series of four webinars that cover a wide range of topics, from rural producer agency and agricultural value chains to climate-smart-agriculture (CSA) and youth network in Africa. The

  • 5 August 2019

    On 26 July 2019, Abuja, Nigeria saw the largest gathering of Africa’s entrepreneurs from across various sectors, ranging from Agriculture, to ICT, fashion and education, in a two-day event organized by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). The initiative, founded in 2010, has been at

  • 1 August 2019

    IFAD has recently released its latest Rural Development Report. The report titled “Creating opportunities for rural youth” provides an analysis that can inform policies, programmes and investments to promote a rural transformation inclusive of youth. Issues discussed range from exploring opportunities for rural youth

  • 22 July 2019

    Over 200 participants gathered in Cape Town, South Africa for the 3rdAfrica Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) on 24-28 June 2019. The forum themed “Climate Smart Agriculture: Business and Employment Opportunities for Africa’s Youth” was hosted by Platform member African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership

  • 18 July 2019

    Worldwide, more than 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row, the UN announced on 15 July 2019 in New York in its

  • 29 June 2019

    On 19 June 2019, 20 representatives from international organisations, donors, private foundations and knowledge institutes met in Zurich to discuss different adaptation pathways that will be needed for different types of farmers amid the pressure to feed a growing world population under rising world

  • 28 June 2019

    Rural youth are the future of food security. Yet around the world, few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas. The Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth of the Global Donor Platform addresses an inclusive rural transformation that entails

  • 28 June 2019

    Bonn, 28 June 2019. The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development came together for its 2019 Annual General Assembly from 19-21 June in Zurich/Maennedorf, Switzerland. Most donor representatives of the Platform’s 40 member organisations, as well as strategic partners, took stock of the Platform’s

  • 7 June 2019

    The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is taking a unique approach to drawing the attention of world leaders to invest in young people as a means to end global hunger and poverty. IFAD has recently launched an innovative global dance challenge dubbed #DanceforChange.

  • 31 May 2019

    German Development Minister Gerd Müller announced that Germany is to help 60 million small farmers to become climate-proof by 2030. He made this statement on the occasion of a meeting of the Global Adaptation Commission, to which he invited international leaders on 21 May

  • 31 May 2019

    On 17 May the United Nations celebrated the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) shape our every-day life throughout the world. For a long time, ICTs have been considered to provide an avenue to increase youth's

  • 29 May 2019

    The LAND-at-scale (LAS) programme, launched on 3 April, 2019 by the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Kaag, aims to strengthen land governance components for women, men, and youth so that they may contribute to structural, just, sustainable, and inclusive change

  • 23 May 2019

    Coordination has been one of the core purposes of the Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL) since it was established in 2013. Through the work of coordination, this network of donors developed its Land Governance Programme Map - an open database of donors'

  • 29 April 2019

    The high-level event organized by the EU launched the 2019 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), which finds that despite the global decrease in the number of people who face acute hunger over the past, the main drivers of food crises are still present

  • 29 April 2019

    The Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Agriculture, Food Security and Land Use of the Nationally Determined Contributions Partnership (NDC-P) met for the third time in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The three-day TWG meeting brought together relevant

  • 26 April 2019

    What makes an agricultural development policy contemporary? What are the key components for agriculture that feeds current and future generations without overstretching planetary boundaries? Questions like these were at the were at the heart of a lecture by renowned academic and ODI’s Principal Research

  • 29 March 2019

    Are we on track to secure tenure rights and establish effective and transparent land governance systems by 2030? This broad yet fundamental question was the point of departure used by the Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL) in its session at the World

  • 28 March 2019

    Urgent need for rural revitalization, strong policies and accountability Marked by deepening cycles of hunger and malnutrition, persistent poverty, limited economic opportunities, and environmental degradation, rural areas continue to be in a state of crisis in many parts of the world. This threatens to

  • 27 February 2019

    The African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative (ALN), a joint African Union Commission and African Development Bank (AfDB) initiative, issued a recent report indicating that despite recent gains in addressing and lowering malnutrition on the African continent, many African nations are still facing increasing rates

  • 29 January 2019

    Article 1 of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen states that “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights.” In paying tribute to this declaration, the increased inequality in today’s world will be the central theme to

  • 19 January 2019

    The eighth Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) took place in Berlin, Germany from 17 – 19 January 2019. A record number of national delegations and international organisations accepted the German federal minister’s invitation for the International Conference of Agriculture Ministers. Subject of

  • 7 January 2019

    Ceres2030 has the ambitious goal of achieving a global consensus on the most effective ways to sustainably end hunger. In order to do this, the joint initiative by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Cornell University, and the International Food Policy Research Institute

  • 3 December 2018

    On 1-2 December 2018, more than 1,000 representatives of government, international, non-governmental and indigenous organizations, activists, finance, private sector, youth, scientists and media came together in Bonn, Germany at the occasion of the Global Landscape Forum (GLF), to connect, learn and share ideas and

  • 23 November 2018

    “The next generation of farmers: successes and new opportunities”: Rural youth was the focus of Brussels Policy Briefing n. 53, which was held on 20 November 2018 on invitation by CTA, ACP Secretariat, the EU and Concord, the European confederation for relief and development.

  • 14 November 2018

    The focus of attention at the Committee of Food Security is naturally on food security and nutrition, which under the Agenda 2030 is addressed in the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG2 – Zero Hunger. However, world leaders at CFS increasingly realize the complexity of the

  • 8 November 2018

    From 15-19 October 2018, the 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS45) took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. More than 1,600 delegates, representing CFS Members, non-Member States, UN agencies and bodies, civil society and private sector organisations, international finance