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The Global Donor Platform is launching the autumn 2019 webinar series

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 webinar series will look into important findings of studies and highlight the work of leading researchers, professionals, and intern from various independent institutions and intergovernmental organizations, including some of the Platform’s members. More detail information about each event will be available in due course.

Webinar 1: Rural producer agency and agricultural value chains

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, at 10:00am BST // 11:00am CEST // 5:00am EDT

While policies and programmes aim to integrate small-scale rural producers into agricultural value chains, questions remain over how best to: recognise the possibly divergent visions, interests and constraints of different value chain actors; address often substantial power imbalances in value chains; and ultimately promote agency among rural producers and their communities – that is, their ability to choose, act and influence realities around them.

In an attempt to address these issues, in this webinar Dr. Lorenzo Cotula from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will present insights from the recently published research report Rural producer agency and agricultural value chains: What role for socio-legal empowerment? The report was prepared for the Empowering Producers in Commercial Agriculture (EPIC) project, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development and supports small-scale rural producers and their communities in Malawi and Nepal.

Drawing on the report’s review of trends in commercial agriculture and experience of supporting rural producers and communities, Dr Cotula will lead a discussion on approaches to enhance the agency of rural actors as they engage with, or are affected by, commercial agriculture.

Dr Cotula is a principal researcher on law and sustainable development at the IIED and is based in the United Kingdom. He leads research, policy engagement and field-level projects on natural resource governance and resource-based investments.

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Webinar recording and webstory

Webinar 2: Indicators for climate adaptation in agriculture

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, at 15:00h CEST // 9:00am EDT

The advancement of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) – that is agriculture that enhances food security, is resilient to climate change and reduces emissions – requires new technical and financial capabilities. This includes the establishment of scientifically credible indicators, which are critical to motivating the necessary transformations in agricultural and food systems.

In this webinar, our presenter, Dr. Bruce Campbell, will discuss the development and implementation of adaptation indicators in the context of CSA projects. To begin with, he will describe the complexities and difficulties associated with the process due to multiple reasons, such as the context-specific nature of agriculture and the dimensional and temporal scales of adaptation, to mention a few. Next, he will provide a set of recommendations to assist practitioners in devising appropriate tools to assess the adaptive capacity and resilience of an agricultural system.

To demonstrate the practical application of the recommendations, the discussion will draw on the CSA Programming and Indicator Tool. Developed in collaboration with several international agencies, the tool is designed to identify the most relevant indicators to be used at different scales of CSA planned intervention(s).

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Webinar 3: Youth networks and youth associations in Africa

Early November 2019

Youth are an important part of achieving effective rural transformation, not only are their numbers increasing but the youth are problem solvers, innovators and work   around even the most difficult challenges faced by humanity. Youth In different areas have formed networks and associations to take advantage of synergies and work together to push different agendas including lobby and advocacy for youth inclusion, joint production and marketing to create economies of scale, generation of academic research among others. 

Hosted by James Kyewalabye, an intern with the Global Donor Platform for rural development and a candidate of MA Agriculture and Rural Development at the University of East Anglia, this webinar will look into findings from his current study on different youth networks and youth associations in Africa. This study aims to identify youth representation for the Rural Youth Thematic Working Group, which was set up to continuously engage youth in the discussions of issues affecting the youth with the youth. The webinar will specifically address different questions about these networks including: What are these networks? Where are these networks? What structures do they take on? What activities are they involved in? What challenges do they face? How can donor interventions work to support these networks? What are the entry points for donors and development practitioners? 

Webinar 4: Climate change mitigation in agricultural value chains

Late November 2019

The fourth webinar in our series, planned for late November, will address the topic of climate change mitigation in agricultural value chains. More details on the specific topic and timing of this webinar as well as the presenter/s will be available in due time.

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