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The website conveys specific, helpful information and herewith supports the work of the members. Furthermore the website positions the Platform as a forum that is engaged in knowledge-sharing, advocacy and networking. The latest section aims to improve the interaction between members and raise awareness about agriculture and rural development policies by offering reliable and synthesised information about international and members’ related news and activities in ARD.

Towards Zero Hunger SDG Conference in Wageningen: Partnerships key to achieve impact

Wageningen | The Netherlands | Sep. 2018 Over 700 key stakeholders from across the globe discussed their views and contributions for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger.

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Swiss agency is looking for proposals

| May - June 2018 | The Global Programme Food Security of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has recently opened two Calls for Proposals. The first one is about innovations in urban food systems. The second one focuses on finding solutions for the promotion of the ecologically sustainable water management for food security.

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Blended finance: bridging the investment gap for the SDGs

Paris | France | Jan - Feb 2018 | What is blended finance, can it mitigate the risk of SDG-related investments, and how to use this tool strategically to increase the development impact? These questions were discussed in the knowledge-exchange and learning session, organised in Paris jointly by OECD Development Centre and investor network institution Convergence.

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Argentina sets the focus on improving soil productivity

Buenos Aires | Argentina | Jan 2018 | The first issue note on agriculture released by G20 under the Argentinian presidency sets the focus on healthy soils to support the role of agriculture in human development.

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Focus areas on the way to sustainable rural development

Maputo | Mozambique | Jan 2018 | At a seminar in Maputo, Mozambique in November 2017, more than 100 participants discussed key drivers for poverty eradication and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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SAFIN – the importance of investments for agricultural enterprises

Rome | Italy | Nov 2017 | The Smallholder and Agri-Food SME Finance and Investment Network or SAFIN held its first workshop and second working meeting on 27-28 November 2018. The network focuses its activities on the demand side for investments and explores the challenges of linking that demand to existing finance flows.

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Strong markets, sustainable resource use and effective policy at the centre of agricultural aid

Canberra | Australia | Nov 2017| Australia released a new 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Recognising the new challenges in the world, posed by globalisation, international competition, political alienation.

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Rural youth employment - bridging the gap between transformation and urbanisation

Rome | Italy | Oct 2017 | BMZ and the European Commission call for more coherence and re-evaluation of partnerships for rural youth employment.

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G20 Summit in 2017 - development opportunities for the rural space

Hamburg | Germany | July 2017 | The G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment gives another impetus and increases the momentum for enhanced efforts in youth empowerment.

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