Thursday, 13 December, at 10:00 AM Central Europe Time
Speaker: Paul Engel
Agriculture and Aid for Trade (AfT) are two key areas of development cooperation that share many synergies, but are still falling short of coordination. This gap is even larger if we compare agriculture and trade per se. The Donor Platform’s work stream on Inclusive Agribusiness & Trade has been committed to address these gaps and increase the dialogue between the trade/AfT and agriculture departments of donor agencies, resulting in the inclusion of trade issues into agriculture and rural development (ARD) programming and vice-versa.
To enrich this dialogue, the Donor Platform commissioned a study (in press) that looks into areas and opportunities to enhance alignment and cooperation between the ARD and Aid for Trade (donor) communities. The study was based on consultations with different informants from donor agencies and knowledge institutes, as well as review of documents. It aims to set the stage for practical, evidence-based exchanges about how to deal with the challenges of implementing policy coherence and complementarity between these two communities. And it provides examples of where alignment is already taking place, such as in the project Alliances for Action (by the International Trade Centre), FAO's Aid for Trade Africa programme, or the COMESA Regional Agricultural Investment Plan.
This webinar will share the results of this study and invite participants to share their own experiences in this field. We also would like to test the ideas of using ARD-AfT dialogues in specific development contexts (e.g. in specific countries) and exploring collaboration in specific development "chantiers", such as infrastructure development, productive capacity building, value chain organization, financial innovation and others. The study in currently in press and will be available shortly before the webinar.
- Welcome and introduction – 10 min
- Presentation – 15 min
- Q & A and discussion – 20 min
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