This high-level dialogue is the culminating event of the GDPRD’s workstream on Country Level Donor Coordination for Food Systems Transformation, initiated in July 2022. The workstream objective is to support donors and their partners with practical guidance on how to improve coordination and alignment, particularly at the country level.
The discussions from this event, together with a series of key informant interviews with experts and practitioners, a literature review and analysis of existing donor coordination efforts and practices, will feed into a final report that will provide a review and guidance on good practices for enhancing donor coordination for food systems transformation and rural development.
To help drive a future agenda for development partner coordination, the GDPRD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the European Commission are convening a one-day high-level dialogue bringing together ministerial and senior representatives from partner country governments, donors, and international institutions to explore:
The challenges that countries face in addressing national pathways for food systems transformation
The ways in which donors and other development partners can better coordinate their assistance to support food systems transformation in countries
Viable practices and approaches for coordination at a country level
The enhanced coordination needed at global and regional levels to address the twin challenges of responding to food crises and building long-term resilience.
Background and rationale
Globally, countries are grappling with rising food, fertilizer, and fuel prices, and increasing food insecurity, brought on by the escalating impacts of climate change, conflict, and Covid-19.
The disruption of eco-systems, agri-food production systems and value chains are causing an unprecedented rise in global hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and distress migration. In the future, extreme weather, geo-political instability, and pest and disease outbreaks are likely to increase, exacerbating the risk of food crises.
In this context, there has never been a greater need for coordinated donor investments and collaboration that align with partner country needs and priorities. However, emerging crises, pressure on resources and weakening multi-lateral cooperation combine to increase the challenges for effective donor coordination.
The coming years are likely to see a critical need for balancing short-term crisis response with longer-term development to create food systems for the future that can ensure security and be resilient to the impacts of climate change, growing food demands and market disruptions. Increasingly scarce donor resources will need to optimize their catalytic potential with greater policy coherence and coordination between development partners and partner countries.
Moderation by Mandakini Surie, Senior Consultant, GDPRD
|10:00 – 10:05
||Conrad Rein, European Commission (Platform Co-Chair)
Tristan Armstrong, Australia (Platform Co-Chair)
|10:05 – 10:15
||Jim Woodhill, Senior Advisor to the GDPRD
|10:15 – 10:30
||Afshan Khan, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
|10:30 – 10:45
||Insights from high-level interviews
|10:45 – 12:00
||H.E. Hussein Mohamed Bashe, Minister of Agriculture, Tanzania
H.E. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt
Titta Maja-Luoto, Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy, Finland
Sara Sekkenes, UN Resident Coordinator, Lao PDR
James Catto, Director of the Office of International Development Policy, Department of Treasury, United States
|12:00 – 12:45
|12:45 – 14:00
|14:00 – 15:15
||Plenary presentations on thematic challenges for:
– Crisis response
– Long-term resilience
|Data: Carin Smaller, Executive Director, Shamba Centre for Food and Climate
Finance: Nadine Gbossa, Director, Food Systems Coordination, IFAD and Chief, Means of Implementation, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub
Crisis response: David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD and Co-lead, Food Workstream of the UN Secretary General’s UN Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance
Long-term resilience: Susan Chomba, Director of Vital Landscapes for Africa, World Resources Institute
Policy: Johan Swinnen, Managing Director of Systems Transformation, CGIAR and Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
|15:15 – 17:45
||Townhall dialogue: interactive audience participation
High-level discussion for direction-setting and forward agenda
Coffee break mid-session
|Juan Echanove, Associate Vice President for Food and Water Systems, CARE
Jo Puri, Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD
David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD
Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO
Iris Krebber, Head of Agriculture, Food Security and Land, UK Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office (FCDO)
Christine Umutoni, UN Resident Coordinator, Liberia
||End and Aperitivo
||Leonard Mizzi, Head of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Fisheries, European Commission
This is a hybrid (in-person and virtual) by invitation-only event. Contact the GDPRD Secretariat for more information.