Workstreams

Innovative financing for food systems

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 GDPRD stands ready to lead. With 258 million people in 58 countries facing acute food insecurity, there is no time to lose.

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” was open for comment in November 2023. A final report will be released in 2024.  For further reading, view the article by Oshani Perera on the Shamba Centre website.

2023 Workstreams

Innovative financing for food systems

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 GDPRD stands ready to lead. With 258 million people in 58 countries facing acute food insecurity, there is no time to lose.

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 the Shamba Centre directly at info@shambacentre.org or contact the Donor Platform Secretariat at secretariat@donorplatform.org. For further reading, view the article by Oshani Perera on the Shamba Centre website.

Workstream Activities

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.

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.

This year’s edition of the State of Blended Finance by Convergence once again focuses on climate. Links Climate change continues to be central to the blended finance market and to sustainable development more broadly. In PART I of the report,

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.

This year’s edition of the State of Blended Finance by Convergence will feature a thematic focus, for the first time, on blended finance for climate. Links This theme was chosen for a couple of reasons. Firstly, climate change is a

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.

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.

This year’s edition of the State of Blended Finance by Convergence once again focuses on climate. Links Climate change continues to be central to the blended finance market and to sustainable development more broadly. In PART I of the report,

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.

This year’s edition of the State of Blended Finance by Convergence will feature a thematic focus, for the first time, on blended finance for climate. Links This theme was chosen for a couple of reasons. Firstly, climate change is a

Background and rationale

Finance workstream webpage (2)

An additional US$33 billion in public spending is needed to trigger US$52 billion in private investment every year

The Ceres2030: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger Summary Report, published in 2020, states that to achieve SDG 2, middle-income countries and donors will need to increase their spending on food systems each year by US$19 billion and US$14 billion, respectively.

Finance workstream webpage (9)

Donors, philanthropic organizations, and public funds are working to increase the impact of their funds.

As climate change, water scarcity and biodiversity losses intensify and are further compounded by economic uncertainties, food security remains a critical issue.

Finance workstream webpage (10)

The challenge is to accelerate the transition to sustainable global food systems and achieve the SDGs.

The time is now to figure out how to make donors and public funds more catalytic for food systems through innovative financing approaches.

Workstream objectives and activities

The workstream will explore how donors, philanthropic organizations and public funds are:

  • Making their funding more catalytic

  • Increasing allocations to foods systems from thematic programmes on climate, nature, gender, and SMEs

  • Working with private capital providers to increase investment in sustainable food systems

  • Assessing the performance and ‘additionality’ of blended capital funds and whether they serve as a critical strategy to increase investment in food systems

Workstream activities:

  • The Shamba Centre will conduct interviews with selected donors, philanthropic organizations, public funds, and blended capital funds to further explore these points, learn what has been their experience with blended financing strategies, and how they are making their funding more impactful.

Deliverables and results

  • Recommendations for donors will be developed from the interviews and research findings.

Talking about Finance

Talking about Finance

Climate, nature, water, nutrition and gender are not considered in credit risk assessments and investment decisions in sustainable food systems. This is a market failure that donors must address as non-sustainable businesses will suffer heavy losses as extreme weather sets in.

Climate, nature, water, nutrition and gender are not considered in credit risk assessments and investment decisions in sustainable food systems. This is a market failure that donors must address as non-sustainable businesses will suffer heavy losses as extreme weather sets in.

We need an extra US$330 billion to end hunger without harming the environment by 2030. This decade, our challenge is to use the catalytic power of governments and donors to unleash the financial power of capital markets for the benefit of everyone.

We need an extra US$330 billion to end hunger without harming the environment by 2030. This decade, our challenge is to use the catalytic power of governments and donors to unleash the financial power of capital markets for the benefit of everyone.

CONTACT | GDPRD

Maurizio Navarra

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

CONTACT | GDPRD

Michelle Tang

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