What We Do

Our work sits at the intersection of a set of critical global issues that have a profound impact on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and longer-term human prosperity and security.  The Platform strives towards these goals by convening donor organizations that make substantive investments in agriculture, rural development and food systems, to exchange information, discuss emerging priorities and determine effective strategies. 

What We Do

Our work sits at the intersection of a set of critical global issues that have a profound impact on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and longer-term human prosperity and security.  The Platform strives towards these goals by convening donor organizations that make substantive investments in agriculture, rural development and food systems, to exchange information, discuss emerging priorities and determine effective strategies. 

Strategic Objectives

The Platform has three distinct yet complementary strategic objectives that recognize the catalytic role of the Platform in informing donor policy, programming and investment in food systems and rural development.

Strategic Objectives

The Platform has three distinct yet complementary strategic objectives that recognize the catalytic role of the Platform in informing donor policy, programming and investment in food systems and rural development.

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A Focus on Food Systems Transformation

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that the way we produce, distribute and consume food is critical to the health of people and our planet. Current systems leave many under- or ill-nourished, contribute to environmental degradation, and accelerate global warming.

We need a food systems transformation. Recognizing this, the GDPRD now takes a food systems approach to its vital role in achieving better outcomes for rural people in developing economies.

Here is a timeline showing the GDPRD’s strategic shift to focus on what we must do to reshape systems agenda and achieve SDG2 (zero hunger).

A Focus on Food Systems Transformation

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that the way we produce, distribute and consume food is critical to the health of people and our planet. Current systems leave many under- or ill-nourished, contribute to environmental degradation, and accelerate global warming.

We need a food systems transformation. Recognizing this, the GDPRD now takes a food systems approach to its vital role in achieving better outcomes for rural people in developing economies.

Here is a timeline showing the GDPRD’s strategic shift to focus on what we must do to reshape systems agenda and achieve SDG2 (zero hunger).

2022

  • June

    Entirely dedicated to implementing national pathways for food systems transformation to accelerate progress towards the SDGs in times of crisis.

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  • April

    A high-level event to discuss how donors can collectively respond to the skyrocketing food prices and the conflict in Ukraine. The Platform's white paper on "Transforming Food Systems - Directions for Enhancing the Catalytic Role of Donors" was presented as a menu of options for donor engagement in food systems transformation.

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  • December

    A virtual round table that explored the actions donors can take to assist countries in their national pathways for food systems transformation. The event followed Chatham House rules and provided an open discussion on the opportunities and challenges for donors in helping to catalyse food systems change.

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2021

  • September

    The GDPRD launched a new Declaration of Intent on Food Systems Transformation, to signal the intention of the Platform and its members to work proactively and in a coordinated way to help take forward the outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit.

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  • September

    Mapping of the food systems-related funding and activities supported by donors. Food system framing as more than semantics, signally the need for a holistic view of food as central to all development issues.

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  • September

    This independent Food Systems event is a contribution to ensure donors and their partners collaborate to realize the full leveraging potential of donor funding. The event will also launched the GDPRD stocktaking report on “Donor contributions to food systems”.

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  • April

    Revised areas of focus for the Platform: strategic influencing, knowledge-sharing, networking and convening.

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2021

  • September

    The GDPRD launched a new Declaration of Intent on Food Systems Transformation, to signal the intention of the Platform and its members to work proactively and in a coordinated way to help take forward the outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit.

    Read More
  • September

    This independent Food Systems event is a contribution to ensure donors and their partners collaborate to realize the full leveraging potential of donor funding. The event will also launched the GDPRD stocktaking report on “Donor contributions to food systems”.

    Read More
  • September

    Mapping of the food systems-related funding and activities supported by donors. Food system framing as more than semantics, signally the need for a holistic view of food as central to all development issues.

    Read More
  • April

    Revised areas of focus for the Platform: strategic influencing, knowledge-sharing, networking and convening.

    Read More

2020

  • November

    Strengthening Coordination Towards SDG2: Pathways for Food Systems Transformation

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  • July

    Conversation with Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to the FSS, and the UNFSS Secretariat

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2020

  • November

    Strengthening Coordination Towards SDG2: Pathways for Food Systems Transformation

    Read More
  • July

    Conversation with Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to the FSS, and the UNFSS Secretariat

    Read More

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Use our Recommendations Database to research international reports and meetings related to food systems and rural development.

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Communications and Outreach

Effective internal and external communication helps to keep Platform members are up-to-date on key events, programmes, strategies and policies shaping rural development and food security, and opens-up informal opportunities to network and exchange knowledge.

The Platform’s communications strategy aims to widen recognition of the GDPRD, increase donor coordination, and share knowledge, influencing thinking about policies and programmes benefiting agriculture, rural development and food systems. These communications materials are available here to all.

Explore – Communications and outreach tools

Communications and Outreach

Effective internal and external communication helps to keep Platform members are up-to-date on key events, programmes, strategies and policies shaping rural development and food security, and opens-up informal opportunities to network and exchange knowledge.

The Platform’s communications strategy aims to widen recognition of the GDPRD, increase donor coordination, and share knowledge, influencing thinking about policies and programmes benefiting agriculture, rural development and food systems. These communications materials are available here to all.

Explore – Communications and outreach tools

Explore Our Latest Work

A selection of the Platform’s events, interviews, articles and publications, including our general assemblies and annual and flagship reports.

A selection of the Platform’s events, interviews, articles and publications, including our general assemblies and annual and flagship reports.