Our Focus

Strategic Objectives

Rebuilding food systems and developing rural areas requires ideas, actors and finance. The Platform brings together these necessary elements so that donors can develop and implement programmes that help rural people improve their lives and livelihoods.

Our Focus

Strategic Objectives

Rebuilding food systems and developing rural areas requires ideas, actors and finance. The Platform brings together these necessary elements so that donors can develop and implement programmes that help rural people improve their lives and livelihoods.

The platform strategy has three distinct yet complementary elements: strategic influencing, knowledge sharing and networking and convening.

Strategic Influencing

We help shape the thinking, policies and programming of the global donor community about food systems and rural development to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and longer-term prosperity and sustainability.

  • Keeping watch for emerging issues and alerting donors to emerging risks or opportunities (Horizon-scanning).
  • Convening task teams on issues that affect donors and partners to identify possible responses.
  • Convening high-level events and briefings to keep members up to date on the latest thinking and evidence.
  • Hosting an annual meeting of Members’ senior managers responsible for food systems/agriculture/rural development.
  • Mobilizing new joint efforts by donors to respond to emerging issues/funding gaps.
  • Helping donors reach a shared view in the run-up to global forums and processes.
  • Profiling and discussing key emerging issues with high-level representatives during its Annual General Assembly.

Knowledge Sharing

We broker the sharing of evidence, lessons, insights and technical expertise necessary for donors to align efforts, learn from each other and improve the impact of their food system and rural-development related policies and programmes.

  • Identifying policy and programming questions and issues that concern donors and drawing upon the experience of other donors or relevant expertise to help resolve them. Convening working groups and seminars on priority topics that enable donor staff to share experiences and lessons. with each other on priority topics.
  • Holding virtual briefing sessions on emerging issues, new research and new evaluations targeted to the specific needs of donors.
  • Providing a resource portal on its website so that members have easy access to each other’s key policies, reports and evaluations.
  • Providing blogs and a social media feed targeted to the interests of donors.

Networking and Convening

We strengthen networking, relationships and communication between donors and other actors as a foundation for collaboration and innovation.

  • Supporting a network of donor focal points, or contacts, among Platform members.
  • Bringing donor staff together in both face-to-face and virtual working groups, seminars and conferences and other exchanges.
  • Linking donors when they are looking for project partners.
  • Telling others about work being carried out by Platform members that could interest a wider audience – through blogs, social media, news updates and mailings.
  • Hosting the Annual General Assembly, which provides a forum for in-depth engagement between donors and other partners to share and debate knowledge and ideas.
  • Maintaining up-to-date contact lists for those with key food system and rural development responsibilities across donors.

Our Strategic Plan 2021-2025

In 2021, the Platform adopted a new vision that advocates a radical transformation of global food systems to achieve better access to safe and nutritious food, improved environmental sustainability and more prosperous rural communities.

The Strategic Plan 2021-2025 situates the work of the Platform across the domains of food systems, food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural livelihoods. It recognizes the Platform’s particular focus and orientation towards SDG 2 and the intersection with other SDGs.

While staying true to the original intent and purpose of the Platform, the Strategic Plan actions changes to the its vision, mission and objectives to better reflect the changing operating context and environment of the donor community to ensure its ongoing relevance.

The platform strategy has three distinct yet complementary elements: strategic influencing, knowledge sharing and networking and convening.

Strategic Influencing

We help shape the thinking, policies and programming of the global donor community about food systems and rural development to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and longer-term prosperity and sustainability.

  • Keeping watch for emerging issues and alerting donors to emerging risks or opportunities (Horizon-scanning).
  • Convening task teams on issues that affect donors and partners to identify possible responses.
  • Convening high-level events and briefings to keep members up to date on the latest thinking and evidence.
  • Hosting an annual meeting of Members’ senior managers responsible for food systems/agriculture/rural development.
  • Mobilizing new joint efforts by donors to respond to emerging issues/funding gaps.
  • Helping donors reach a shared view in the run-up to global forums and processes.
  • Profiling and discussing key emerging issues with high-level representatives during its Annual General Assembly.

Knowledge Sharing

We broker the sharing of evidence, lessons, insights and technical expertise necessary for donors to align efforts, learn from each other and improve the impact of their food system and rural-development related policies and programmes.

  • Identifying policy and programming questions and issues that concern donors and drawing upon the experience of other donors or relevant expertise to help resolve them. Convening working groups and seminars on priority topics that enable donor staff to share experiences and lessons. with each other on priority topics.
  • Holding virtual briefing sessions on emerging issues, new research and new evaluations targeted to the specific needs of donors.
  • Providing a resource portal on its website so that members have easy access to each other’s key policies, reports and evaluations.
  • Providing blogs and a social media feed targeted to the interests of donors.

Networking and Convening

We strengthen networking, relationships and communication between donors and other actors as a foundation for collaboration and innovation.

  • Supporting a network of donor focal points, or contacts, among Platform members.
  • Bringing donor staff together in both face-to-face and virtual working groups, seminars and conferences and other exchanges.
  • Linking donors when they are looking for project partners.
  • Telling others about work being carried out by Platform members that could interest a wider audience – through blogs, social media, news updates and mailings.
  • Hosting the Annual General Assembly, which provides a forum for in-depth engagement between donors and other partners to share and debate knowledge and ideas.
  • Maintaining up-to-date contact lists for those with key food system and rural development responsibilities across donors.

Our Strategic Plan 2021-2025

In 2021, the Platform adopted a new vision that advocates a radical transformation of global food systems to achieve better access to safe and nutritious food, improved environmental sustainability and more prosperous rural communities.

The Strategic Plan 2021-2025 situates the work of the Platform across the domains of food systems, food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural livelihoods. It recognizes the Platform’s particular focus and orientation towards SDG 2 and the intersection with other SDGs.

While staying true to the original intent and purpose of the Platform, the Strategic Plan actions changes to the its vision, mission and objectives to better reflect the changing operating context and environment of the donor community to ensure its ongoing relevance.

The Platform in Action

How can coordination of donor investments and collaboration be improved, particularly at the country level? What are some good practices on donor cooperation for food systems and rural development? This interview series explores some of the thinking behind these questions. Nadine Gbossa is the Director, Food Systems Coordination, IFAD and Chief, Means of Implementation, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub.

Key messaging and speaker quotes are captured in this short report of the Annual General Assembly (AGA) convened on 26 and 27 October 2023. The AGA was a chance to celebrate the Platform’s 20th anniversary and reflect on how the donor landscape in agriculture, rural development and food systems has evolved.

How can coordination of donor investments and collaboration be improved, particularly at the country level? What are some good practices on donor cooperation for food systems and rural development? This interview series explores some of the thinking behind these questions. Juan Echanove is the Associate Vice-President, Food and Water Systems at CARE.

There has never been a greater need for coordinated donor investments and collaboration that align with the needs and priorities of partner countries. This interview series explores some of the thinking behind these challenges, and took place alongside the GDPRD's workstream on donor coordination.

Andrea Zinn is the Director of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) and the Senior Manager of Aceli Americas, providing advisory on adapting the Aceli Africa incentive model to mobilize private capital to agri-SMEs in Latin America. This interview is an opportunity for speakers from the 2023 Annual General Assembly to reflect on two decades of rural development and aid effectiveness.

Tristan Armstrong, Co-Chair of the Donor Platform from 2021 to 2023 on behalf of Australia, looks back on his tenure through global crises and a milestone anniversary.

How can coordination of donor investments and collaboration be improved, particularly at the country level? What are some good practices on donor cooperation for food systems and rural development? This interview series explores some of the thinking behind these questions. Nadine Gbossa is the Director, Food Systems Coordination, IFAD and Chief, Means of Implementation, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub.

Key messaging and speaker quotes are captured in this short report of the Annual General Assembly (AGA) convened on 26 and 27 October 2023. The AGA was a chance to celebrate the Platform’s 20th anniversary and reflect on how the donor landscape in agriculture, rural development and food systems has evolved.

How can coordination of donor investments and collaboration be improved, particularly at the country level? What are some good practices on donor cooperation for food systems and rural development? This interview series explores some of the thinking behind these questions. Juan Echanove is the Associate Vice-President, Food and Water Systems at CARE.

There has never been a greater need for coordinated donor investments and collaboration that align with the needs and priorities of partner countries. This interview series explores some of the thinking behind these challenges, and took place alongside the GDPRD's workstream on donor coordination.

Andrea Zinn is the Director of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) and the Senior Manager of Aceli Americas, providing advisory on adapting the Aceli Africa incentive model to mobilize private capital to agri-SMEs in Latin America. This interview is an opportunity for speakers from the 2023 Annual General Assembly to reflect on two decades of rural development and aid effectiveness.

Tristan Armstrong, Co-Chair of the Donor Platform from 2021 to 2023 on behalf of Australia, looks back on his tenure through global crises and a milestone anniversary.