Event [ID: 160]

HIGH-LEVEL FOOD SYSTEMS EVENT: Leveraging Change: The Role of Donors in Food Systems Transformation

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Recording of the high-level event on 9 September 2021


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About the event

Donors play a key role in supporting initiatives that form the foundation for collaborative efforts across food systems through their innovations, programming and investments. This independent Food Systems event of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) is a contribution to ensure donors and their partners collaborate to realize the full leveraging potential of donor funding.

Optimizing the catalytic and leveraging potential of donor support will be key in responding to the outcomes of the Food Systems Summit (FSS). Donor investments in food systems are relatively small compared to the investments of farmers, food sector businesses and national governments, but they are crucial for enabling and incentivizing other actors to play their part.

The event will:

  • Highlight key elements of donor perspectives on the food systems agenda in response to the UN FSS.
  • Discuss and seek agreement on the key priorities for future donor focus.
  • Discuss some of the most effective modalities for donor coordination going forward.

The event will also launch the GDPRD stocktaking report on “Donor contributions to food systems”, a mapping of the patterns and scale of food systems-related funding and an assessment of the extent donors are embracing a food system framing and aligning their investments to the UN FSS Action Tracks.

Post-event material




Opening of event: GDPRD Co-Chair


Keynote Speaker: Jemimah Njuki, IFPRI
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High-level moderated panel
Moderator: Henry Bonsu

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High-level speakers

Gerda Verburg, SUN Movement
Giorgio Marrapodi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy
Jim Barnhart, USAID
Alvaro Lario, IFAD
Carla Montesi, European Commission
Martin Bwalya, AUDA-NEPAD
Andrew Campbell, ACIAR


Launch of the GDPRD stocktaking report
Moderator: Henry Bonsu

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Presentation by Jim Woodhill, AgriFoodNexus Consulting
Tristan Armstrong and Conrad Rein, Co-chairs of the GDPRD


Jemimah Njuki
Director for Africa
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)



Gerda Verburg
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement


Giorgio Marrapodi
Director-General for Development Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy


Jim Barnhart
Assistant to the Administrator
USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security


Alvaro Lario
Officer in Charge, Associate Vice-President for External Relations and Governance, and Associate Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)


Carla Montesi
Director, Green Deal, Digital Agenda, Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA)
European Commission


Martin Bwalya
Ag Director, Knowledge Management and Programme Evaluation (KMPE)
Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)


Andrew Campbell
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)


Jim Woodhill
AgriFoodNexus Consulting, and Honorary Research Associate
Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford


Tristan Armstrong
Senior Sector Specialist, Agricultural Development and Food Security
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) – Australia. Co-chair of the GDPRD
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Conrad Rein
Policy Officer, Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA)
European Commission.Co-chair of the GDPRD
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Henry Bonsu
International broadcaster and media consultant


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