There is a common agreement that efficiency in action means the use science and evidence to understand where we stand, what has been done right, where progress has been made, and where the gaps are (in results as well as in financing). This understanding is required to inform policy.
Maria Flachsbarth also referred to the SGD2 Moment event that BMZ will be hosting in Berlin and stated that it will constitute part of the road map towards the Food Systems Summit, playing into the milestones along the way with a tapestry of topics and themes and the inclusion of a wide range of stakeholders in the North and the South.
Martin Hoppe, Head of BMZ’s Division on Food and Nutrition Security and Global Food Policy, further emphasized the importance of this event and explained that it will be a modern style event, that will use innovative formats and digital technology to connect people.
“This event is expected to link up several elements of the road map towards the Food Systems Summit, including an evidence base, structural work elements, diverse stakeholder contributions, special events such as the CGIAR reform process, GAFSP replenishment, and the GCA’, he described the concept.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to inform about the status of international initiatives like Ceres2030 and the 50x2030 Data Initiative, in which Global Donor Platform members are actively involved, and which show how crucial collaboration and data-sharing are for developing an evidence base for improved decision-making. Building on their latest work, FAO’s Maximo Torrero and David Laborde from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) reported on the financial needs and developments with special reference to G7 commitments. David Laborde provided insight into the Ceres2030 research project, which is carried out by IFPRI with its partners, Cornell University and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Findings will be first presented at the BMZ conference on 8 June 2020, in parallel to their publication in the journal “Nature” starting July 2020.