Global Affairs Canada: Amrane Boumghar spoke of Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. Women are to become partners in development, with the opportunities to express their needs, organise and influence the allocation of resources.
IFAD: Khadidja Doucoure noted IFAD’s three pillars of engagement – inclusiveness, profitability and sustainability. With the majority of the portfolio focusing on market-oriented initiatives, one opportunity is to increase young women’s access to markets, their participation in and leadership of farmer organisations, and their engagement with post-farm activities.
FAO: Susan Kaaria described FAO’s partnerships at various levels: from participating in, informing and influencing global policy dialogue (examples: CEDAW article on rural women and VGGT); to ensuring that gender is mainstreamed into regional agricultural strategies; and, at country level, participating in multi-stakeholder discussions and country platforms.
MFA Finland: Sanna-Liisa Taivalmaa highlighted the key differences in operating modalities between IFIs and bilateral donors – in terms of relationship with the national government, size and duration of the investment, management arrangements and provision of technical assistance.
Global Donor Platform: Clare Bishop presented the findings of a study recently conducted for the Platform which reviewed women’s empowerment in agribusiness investments. Specific attention was paid to eight domains of gender inequality, the four-point gender rating, and the role of project management.