The GDPRD and the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate have undertaken an enquiry on how to make donors and public funds more catalytic for food systems through innovative financing approaches.

The investigation included a series of interviews which explored how donors, philanthropic organizations, public funds and blended capital funds can make their funding effective and act as an incentive for achieving SDG 2. The findings and recommendations of the enquiry was presented during the GDPRD Annual General Assembly 2023, at the High-Level Session on Sustainable Finance: Making Donor Funding More Catalytic.

The core message of the enquiry indicates that if donors and development banks take higher risks with their grants and lending, every donor dollar has the potential to generate four dollars in commercial finance. When this happens, agri-food small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will have more financing, domestic lenders will participate, and markets will have more liquidity. This is the catalytic power of aid.

The consultative draft from the enquiry “Unleashing the catalytic power of donor financing to achieve SDG2” is now open for comment. Email your feedback to the Shamba Centre directly at info@shambacentre.org. The consultation is open for three weeks until 30 November 2023.

To learn more about the call for comment, read the article by Oshani Perera on the Shamba Centre website.

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In our latest segment, Andrea Zinn, Director at Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) and Senior Manager at Aceli Americas, Aceli Africa, talks about ways to amplify donor funding for agricultural development and why donor coordination with the private sector is so important to reach the missing middle.

Key takeaways from the 28 March 2024 event “Donors as investment catalysts” on how major donors can best spend their limited aid funds for agricultural finance. Co-organized by the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN), the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) and the Marketlinks initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the enquiry into sustainable finance in agrifood systems conducted in 2023 by the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate for Donor Platform members. The investigation included a series of interviews which explored how donors, philanthropic organizations, public funds and blended capital funds can make their funding effective and act as an incentive for achieving SDG 2.

Wondering what all those terms mean in sustainable finance in food systems and rural development? Here are some definitions of commonly used terminology and key concepts. You can find out more in the joint report by the Donor Platform and the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate, which focuses on how to make donors and public funds more catalytic for food systems through sustainable and blended financing approaches.

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.

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.

The consultative draft from the enquiry "Unleashing the catalytic power of donor financing to achieve SDG2" is now open for comment. This enquiry is carried out by the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate for GDPRD members.

Key messages from the CFS 51 Side Event on 23 October 2023 in Rome, co-organized by the GDPRD, Shamba Centre, UK FCDO, Western Cape Government and WFP.

Key messages from the UNFSS+2 official side event: Innovative donor approaches to sustainable finance for food systems transformation

The GDPRD and the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate are undertaking a consultation on how to make donors and public funds more catalytic for food systems through innovative financing approaches.

In our latest segment, Andrea Zinn, Director at Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) and Senior Manager at Aceli Americas, Aceli Africa, talks about ways to amplify donor funding for agricultural development and why donor coordination with the private sector is so important to reach the missing middle.

Key takeaways from the 28 March 2024 event “Donors as investment catalysts” on how major donors can best spend their limited aid funds for agricultural finance. Co-organized by the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN), the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) and the Marketlinks initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the enquiry into sustainable finance in agrifood systems conducted in 2023 by the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate for Donor Platform members. The investigation included a series of interviews which explored how donors, philanthropic organizations, public funds and blended capital funds can make their funding effective and act as an incentive for achieving SDG 2.

Wondering what all those terms mean in sustainable finance in food systems and rural development? Here are some definitions of commonly used terminology and key concepts. You can find out more in the joint report by the Donor Platform and the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate, which focuses on how to make donors and public funds more catalytic for food systems through sustainable and blended financing approaches.

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.

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.

The consultative draft from the enquiry "Unleashing the catalytic power of donor financing to achieve SDG2" is now open for comment. This enquiry is carried out by the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate for GDPRD members.

Key messages from the CFS 51 Side Event on 23 October 2023 in Rome, co-organized by the GDPRD, Shamba Centre, UK FCDO, Western Cape Government and WFP.

Key messages from the UNFSS+2 official side event: Innovative donor approaches to sustainable finance for food systems transformation

The GDPRD and the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate are undertaking a consultation on how to make donors and public funds more catalytic for food systems through innovative financing approaches.

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Maurizio Navarra

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International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome/Italy

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Michelle Tang

Secretariat Communications at the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome/Italy