The panellists underlined the importance of deliberate and targeted policies and providing clear policy mandates for structural transformation. They highlighted the need to modernise and commercialise the agricultural sector, focusing on inclusion, resilience, and sustainability through country-led strategies, which are also harmonised on a regional level. There was also a common understanding, that structural transformation is highly complex process which needs country and context specific solutions for job creation both in agri-food systems and other sectors. To capitalise on existing potentials, the right balance between a conducive policy environment and shorter term support programs is crucial. Thus, the need for more systematic coordination and cooperation was emphasised, also by highlighting the potential that lies in the UN Food System Summit and other policy frameworks like the G20 Initiative on Rural Youth Employment or the upcoming policy guidance of the Committee for World Food Security (CFS).
The webinar created a rich and productive discussion that highlighted the potential of the working group and the Global Donor Platform for knowledge exchange and broad stakeholder engagement. The platform exists because of the need for a coordinated donor approach to support effective policy implementation for our partners for structural transformation in rural areas. Watch out for more events to come and watch recording of the webinar on YouTube.
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