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Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Meets on Food Systems and Gender

On 3 and 4 December, 2014. In Florence, Italy.

December 3, 2014

Women comprise, on average, 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing rural economies. The crucial role of women for food security and nutrition was at the centre of discussions during last week's Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, of which CTA is a partner institution.



The main objective of the annual General Assembly of the Platform, to which CTA was invited for the second time, was to exchange knowledge on issues connected to agriculture, rural development and food and nutrition security.

On 2 December, a Pre-AGA consultation was organised by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to present and discuss a new programme Gender Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme (GCCASP). 

The programme aims "to empower rural women to better cope with the adverse impacts of climate change and enhance their resilience to shocks", according to NPCA. CTA representatives attended this meeting and contributed with feedback. Discussions on resource mobilisation and programme implementation are expected to continue directly between CTA and NEPAD.

During the first day of the Assembly, 3 December, members and partners of the Platform provided concrete suggestions concerning innovative and effective solutions for pressing problems of the world food system. CTA actively participated in the plenary discussions as well as the working groups. CTA's main recommendation was threefold:

  • to promote agriculture for improving nutrition outcomes,
  • to exploit ICTs to create these linkages as well as between other stakeholders in agriculture, and
  • to pursue more effective partnerships with the private sector.

These and other recommendations fed into the second day of the AGA, in which Platform members discussed how to translate the previous day’s results into policy and actions. 

The theme of this year was not new to CTA. The Centre's Gender Strategy, through its focus on engaging women in inclusive value chains, increasing their participation in policy processes and building their capacity in ICTs and knowledge management, has placed the Centre in a strong position to support ACP countries in transforming their agricultural sectors and to add meaningful knowledge to the ongoing global debate on women's empowerment for food security and nutrition.

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