Last week in Addis Ababa IFAD organised together with GEF and partner agencies a 3-day workshop on the Integrated Approach Programme on Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This is a major programme of $116 million to support twelve countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda) targeting agro-ecological systems where the need to enhance food security is linked directly to opportunities for generating global environmental benefits. The 12 country projects will be supported by a regional ‘umbrella’ project for coordination, capacity building and knowledge services. (see: http://ifad-un.blogspot.it/2015/06/ifad-lead-agency-on-new-gef-programme.html )
In order to do that, many concrete actions have been proposed for the umbrella project, including:
- Providing support on knowledge management and cross learning among countries;
- Building capacity of the country projects on measuring Global Environmental Benefits, including using tracking tools, earth observation/satellite data and other Monitoring & Assessment (M&A) tools;
- Managing inter-sectoral engagement and facilitating policy dialogue to influence policy change