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PLATFORM TOPICS FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development puts agriculture and rural development in a new perspective. The sustainable development goals confirmed the centrality of food security in sustainable development and the need for more responsible and efficient use of natural resources, social integration, economic growth and employment generation.

Agriculture and rural development constitute highly complex systems which require long-term strategies. With the rising importance of new actors such as private sector, the growing trade and climate change communities, the SDGs’ call for sustainability and universality presents additional challenge to the coordination amongst actors and of their political agendas.

The Platform has always recognised the importance of knowledge sharing amongst development partners and of appraising the impact of the new global agenda on the member organisations’ modus operandi. The members agree that a higher level of donor coordination and exchange will be required to achieve joint action towards rural transformation and ultimately the implementation of Agenda 2030 in a holistic, but still measurable way.

That is why the Platform is focusing on several political entry points that can directly contribute to a more comprehensive approach to sustainable development of the rural space, namely inclusive agribusiness and trade, land governance, climate change and gender. With the cooperation with strategic partnerships, like CAADP and SAFIN, members and partners are getting a direct insight into the needs and priorities of development partners.

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Agenda 2030

Agriculture and rural development must be leveraged within a broader approach that addresses sustainable and inclusive rural transformation processes using the framework provided by Agenda 2030.

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Climate change

Since COP21 a window of opportunity opened to jointly address agriculture and climate change. The workstream provides a focused convening forum to discuss the positioning of agriculture in climate change policies and programming.

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Gender

The gender workstream of the Platform works towards strengthening gender equality through selected initiatives that foster transparency, responsibility and accountability by all stakeholders in line with the SDGs.

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Land governance

The Global Working Group on Land is committed to increase the coordination and knowledge exchange on land governance programmes and jointly advocate the relevance of land issues in policy processes which affect international development.

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CAADP

The Platform engages in CAADP and the Development Partners Coordination Group as an opportunity for donors to cooperate at global, regional and national levels in line with the Malabo Declaration and Implementation Strategy and Roadmap to achieve the 2025 vision on CAADP.

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Inclusive agribusiness and trade

The two working groups focus respectively on policy coherence between trade and agriculture and small-business market approaches as driver of economic and social development, while searching for matching opportunities and synergies.

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