Workstreams

Donor coordination for food systems transformation

Building on the Platform’s overall focus on donor coordination, we have initiated a review and investigation of good practices on donor cooperation for food systems and rural development. This workstream aims to better support donors and their partners with practical guidance on how to improve coordination and alignment, particularly at the country level.

The GDPRD will develop a package of research, communication and learning materials to guide the Platform, its members and the broader donor and development community on how coordination can be optimized, given past experiences and emerging challenges.

Workstreams

Donor Coordination for food systems transformation

Building on the Platform’s overall focus on donor coordination, we have initiated a review and investigation of good practices on donor cooperation for food systems and rural development. This workstream aims to better support donors and their partners with practical guidance on how to improve coordination and alignment, particularly at the country level.

The GDPRD will develop a package of research, communication and learning materials to guide the Platform, its members and the broader donor and development community on how coordination can be optimized, given past experiences and emerging challenges.

Latest updates

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.

The 13th Malabo Montpellier Panel report – YOUTH AHEAD: Policy Innovations to Create Opportunities for Young People in Africa’s Agrifood Systems – reviews the challenges limiting young people’s engagement in agrifood systems and demonstrates opportunities to empower Africa’s youth in agrifood systems.

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.

There has never been a greater need for coordinated donor investments and collaboration that align with partner countries' needs and priorities. This flagship report is the culmination of a year-long workstream on donor coordination conducted by the GDPRD and includes key messages and recommendations for donors to consider in the way forward.

A high-level dialogue hosted by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission.

Key messages from a virtual seminar on 22 November 2022, the first of a new webinar series focused on enhancing donor coordination for food systems transformation.

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.

The 13th Malabo Montpellier Panel report – YOUTH AHEAD: Policy Innovations to Create Opportunities for Young People in Africa’s Agrifood Systems – reviews the challenges limiting young people’s engagement in agrifood systems and demonstrates opportunities to empower Africa’s youth in agrifood systems.

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.

There has never been a greater need for coordinated donor investments and collaboration that align with partner countries' needs and priorities. This flagship report is the culmination of a year-long workstream on donor coordination conducted by the GDPRD and includes key messages and recommendations for donors to consider in the way forward.

A high-level dialogue hosted by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission.

Key messages from a virtual seminar on 22 November 2022, the first of a new webinar series focused on enhancing donor coordination for food systems transformation.

Background and rationale

crisis

Globally, food insecurity is increasing, brought on by the escalating impacts of climate change, conflict, and Covid-19.

Rising food, fuel, and fertilizer prices are among the factors causing unprecedented surges in global hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and distress migration.

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In the future, extreme weather, geo-political instability, and pest and disease outbreaks are likely to exacerbate the risk of food crises.

While there has never been a greater need for coordinated donor investments and collaboration, pressure on resources and weakening multi-lateral cooperation are impairing effective donor coordination.

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The coming years are likely to see a critical need for balancing short-term crisis response with longer-term development and resilience.

Increasingly scarce donor resources will need to optimize their catalytic potential with greater policy coherence and coordination to create resilient and secure food systems for the future.

Workstream objectives and activities

Priority areas for exploration:

  • 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.

  • Country-level coordination mechanisms, the role of jointly funded programmes, integrated global responses to crises, and the identification of opportunities for collaborative and joint programming in key areas.

  • Specific needs for coordinated responses to the areas of data, finance and policy innovation

Workstream activities:

  • A virtual seminar on “The emerging needs and opportunities for a coordinated donor response to food systems transformation in difficult times” held on 22 November 2022

  • A series of key informant interviews with experts from partner country governments, international organizations, UN institutions, and donor agencies 

  • Country case studies and analysis of existing donor coordination efforts and practices

  • A high-level culminating event of the workstream in June 2023

Deliverables and results

  • Discussions and findings will feed into a report that will provide a review and guidance on good practices for enhancing donor coordination for food systems transformation and rural development

  • Communications outreach to disseminate the findings and recommendations to the greater donor and rural development community.

CONTACT | GDPRD

Maurizio Navarra

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

CONTACT | GDPRD

Monique Amar

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