Online, 16 Mar 2016. Two of the members of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development underwent institutional changes in response to the new challenges of development cooperation. Both new establishments aim to strengthen policy coherence and coordination of all related development cooperation activities. The change of government in Canada was followed by a change in Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The new department of Global Affairs will still be headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The renamed institution will aim to ease the coordination amongst departments and lift the communication limitations of the past, when responding to multi-sectoral international developments.

Rome, 8 Mar 2016. The panel at IFAD’s governing council presented several different innovation entry points and their success in different parts of the world. In previous years the Council increased investment in smallholder agriculture to ensure food security, climate smart adaptation and equitable prosperity. In the framework of Agenda2030 IFAD will aim to conduct investments more inclusively. Elisabeth Sendiwala spoke about the challenges and opportunities of gender focused innovation. The project IFAD is supporting in Kenya supported social innovation through household methodologies, aiming at more harmonized households and equal role/tasks division. The project engages with cooperatives that give them access to the households. The participation of the cooperatives is secured as the project promises more harmony in the households and therefore higher production yields.

Geneva, 7 Mar 2016. Trade is a means by which poor countries can leverage economic growth, reduce their levels of poverty and even meet the SDGs. For example, SDG 2 on ending hunger and food insecurity points towards correcting and preventing trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets as an indicator towards its achievement. Trade has furthermore emerged as a means to finance development – a position catalyzed by significant reductions in ODA by traditional donors – as it was featured in the FFD3 outcome document.

Online, 4 Mar 2016. New tool supports programme and project implementers in their struggle with the question of how important post-harvest losses may be for their progress towards intended results. GIZ has developed a methodology on how to assess the extent of post-harvest losses and identify crucial intervention options for their mitigation along agricultural value chains. The methodology has been developed using the example of a maize value chain but may easily adapted to other value chains.

Bonn, 4 Mar 2016. Championing the transformation of agriculture, food systems and rural livelihoods constitutes in short the mission of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development to contribute to the vision of prosperous rural communities. The focus of the Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 continues to be the enhanced programming and increased investments by the donor community and its partners in close cooperation with farmers’ organisations, the private sector and emerging development partners in rural development like foundations and bilateral programs of emerging donors. The outcome of the Strategic Plan entails the clear mandate to make sure that “evidence-based donor policies and programmes for sustainable agriculture and rural transformation enhance food and nutrition security, economic growth and reduce poverty and inequality in rural development”.

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