Event [ID: 160]

2022 Platform Annual General Assembly

Platform | | Hybrid Event, IFAD Headquarters, Rome, Italy

The 2022 Annual General Assembly (AGA) was entirely dedicated to “Implementing National Pathways for Food Systems Transformation to Accelerate Progress Towards the SDGs in Times of Crisis and Conflict”. The 2022 AGA was successfully held at IFAD headquarters and on Zoom in a truly hybrid format, after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. 

The Platform continues to work with the donor community and other key actors to help facilitate coordination and investments across an integrated set of pathways for action. From the sessions at the AGA, support for food systems coalitions, national pathways and other initiatives that have emerged from the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) process remains crucial, with a focus on how these initiatives can accelerate and scale up change at local and national levels. The 2022 AGA has taken the FSS outcomes into account, contextualizing the need to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and in particular SDG2, zero hunger – through the strengthening of national pathways and national-level coordination of actions and agricultural and rural development strategies.

Check back here for an event report from the various AGA sessions. Topics central to food systems transformation and rural development discussed included country-level coordination, data for decision-making, rural youth employment and land governance.

Day 1: Tuesday 14 June

9:10-9:30 CET

Opening session by GDPRD Co-Chairs

Session 1 - 9:30-15:15 CET

Supporting National Food Systems Transformation Pathways: Enhancing donor effectiveness and coordination at the country level in times of crises 

Recording of Session 1

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  • Moderator: Henry Bonsu, Journalist and Broadcaster



  • Gérardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture (Rwanda)
  • Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact (CGIAR)



  • Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Office of Sustainable Development Goals, Director, United Nations Food Systems Coordination Hub VIEW PRESENTATION



  • Karima Al-Hada'a, Planning and Liaison Specialist at Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)-Yemen Secretariat - Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (Yemen) VIEW PRESENTATION
  • Ayodeji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer of AFEX Commodities Exchange
  • Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Former United Nations Special Envoy on the Food Systems Summit VIEW PRESENTATION
  • Jyri Ollila, Coordinator for the Food Systems Summit, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Finland)
  • Sok Silo, Secretary General of the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (Cambodia)
  • Johan Swinnen, Global Director of Systems Transformation (CGIAR), Director-General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Co-Chair of the Think20 Task Force on Food Security


BREAKOUT ROOMS - group country discussion sessions with opening presentations

  • Mahamadou Aboubacar, Coordinator and Focal Point, Haut-Commissariat de l'Initiative 3N (Cellule Nutrition, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)-Niger)
  • Louise Aubin, United Nations Resident Coordinator (Niger)
  • Zulma Yanira Fonseca Centeno, Director of Nutrition, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) (Colombia)
  • David Gressly, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (Yemen)
  • Olusola Idowu, Chair of the National Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCFN) (Nigeria)
  • Mahesh Kharel, Program Director, National Planning Commission (NPC) (Nepal)
  • Jean Claude Musabyimana, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) (Rwanda)
  • Sara Sekkenes, United Nations Resident Coordinator (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)
  • Sisay Sinamo, Senior Program Manager at Seqota Declaration (SD) Federal Program Delivery Unit, Federal Ministry of Health (Ethiopia)
  • Julie Kasa-Kanga Tshilombo, Coordonnatrice Adjointe de la Coordination des Ressources Extérieures et du Suivi des Projets (Democratic Republic of the Congo)


SYNTHESIS PANEL - presentations reporting back from breakout groups, panel discussion, and concluding remarks

  • Louise Aubin, United Nations Resident Coordinator (Niger)
  • Namukolo Covic, Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) (Ethiopia)
  • Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Office of Sustainable Development Goals, Director, United Nations Food Systems Coordination Hub
  • David Gressly, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (Yemen)
  • Ron Hartman, Director, Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Sara Sekkenes, United Nations Resident Coordinator (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)
  • Rosse Noda Videa, Representate Asistente Programas, FAO (Bolivia)


CLOSING: GDPRD Secretariat 

Session 2 - 15:30-17:30 CET

Session by the SDG2 Roadmap Group

Optimizing the use of data in decision-making

Recording of Session 2

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  • Jenna Slotin, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)


  • Joe Glauber, Senior Research Fellow IFPRI Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Chairman VIEW PRESENTATION


  • Vasco Molini, Program Manager, 50x2030
  • David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Jaron Porciello, Co-director, CERES 2030
  • Davis Adieno, DIrector of Programs, GPSDD


  • Béatrice Gakuba, Executive Director, African Women Agribusiness Network (AWAN)
  • José Rosero Moncayo, Director, FAO Statistics Division (ESS)
  • Conrad Rein, Policy Officer, European Commission

Day 2: Wednesday 15 June

9:00-9:10 CET

Opening of Day 2 and summary of Day 1

Session 3 - 9:10-10:40 CET

Session by the Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL)

Responsible Land-Based Investing as a Strategy to Mitigate the Harms of a New Food Crisis

Recording of Session 3

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  • Henry Bonsu, Journalist and Broadcaster


  • Karol Boudreaux, Senior Land and Resource Governance Advisor, USAID, and Chair, Global Donor Working Group on Land VIEW PRESENTATION
  • Gemma Betsema, Senior Programme Advisor, Netherlands Enterprise and Development Agency, and Vice Chair, Global Donor Working Group on Land VIEW PRESENTATION
  • Chris Penrose-Buckley, Senior Adviser, Land Policy, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UK VIEW PRESENTATION
  • Francisco Marques, Technical Specialist, Private Sector, International Fund for Agricultural Development VIEW PRESENTATION
  • Michael Taylor, Director, International Land Coalition Secretariat at International Fund for Agricultural Development VIEW PRESENTATION

Session 4 - 11:00-12:30 CET

Session by the Thematic working Group on Rural Youth Employment

Rural Youth Employment and Food Systems Transformation – Solutions in times of (multiple) crisis!

Recording of Session 4

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KEYNOTE: Rural youth employment within a (systemic) food systems transformation in times of crisis and conflict

  • Lauren Phillips, Deputy Director, Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Rural youth employment promotion – policy perspective and suggestions for donors

Youth perspectives

  • Tumwebaze Khamutima, CEO, Young Farmers Champions Network (YOFCHAN), Uganda
  • Olawale Rotimi Opeyemi, Founder and CEO, JR Farms Limited, Rwanda

Country policy perspective

  • Lova Manjaka Rakotoson, Head of the Rural Training and Agricultural Extension Department, Directorate for Support to Producers' Organisation and Agribusiness, Madagascar

Continental perspective

  • Kennedy Mukulia Ayason , Policy Officer, Rural Development Division, African Union´s Commission Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development (AUC-DARBE)

Multilateral Organization

  • Mollie Brennan, Lead Consultant, Coalition of Action on Decent Work and Living Incomes and Wages for All Food Systems Workers (DWLIW), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Elvis Beytullayev, Rural Economy Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Reactions and take-aways of the discussion

13:30-14:45 CET

Special High-Level Session of the 2022 Annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Recording of High-Level Session

Building Consensus and Coordination on the Current Global Crisis Response Initiatives: The Potential Role of Donors and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Co-sponsored by the European Commission, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development




  • Jim Barnhart, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID
  • Beth Dunford, Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Gabriel Ferrero de Loma-Osorio, Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and Ambassador at Large for Global Food Security, Spain
  • Celine Jurgensen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative for France to the United Nations agencies in Rome 
  • Sebastian Lesch, Head of Division, Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains, International Agricultural Policy, Agriculture, Rural Development, Innovation, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • David Nabarro, UN Global Crisis Response Group, Food workstream co-lead and Strategic Director of 4SD
  • Satu Santala, Associate Vice-President, External Relations and Governance Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

14:45-15:30 CET

AGA Summary, Closing Session and Final Remarks

Full Day Recordings

Recordings of days 1 and 2 in full are also available

Recording of Day 1

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Recording of Day 2


The AGA is an annual event that provides an open space for debate to members, partners and invited guests on emerging policy topics in agriculture and rural development. AGA participants benefit from the core services of the Donor Platform: strategic influencing, knowledge sharing, and networking on key development issues and strategic directions that affect lives in rural areas.

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