In December 2008, IFAD's Executive Board approved a strategic partnership grant between IFAD and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to develop innovative policies on climate change mitigation and market access. This partnership will allow both IFAD and IFPRI to mutually benefit from each other's expertise in the fields of climate change and access to markets.
On 24-25 March IFPRI and IFAD colleagues met at IFAD headquarters to officially launch the programme. During the two day workshops we fine-tuned the workplan and budget for the first year.
As soon as the grant was approved, IFAD launched a competitive bidding process requesting IFAD country programme managers (CPMs) to submit proposals for countries that could benefit from this strategic partnership. The following four countries were selected since their project portfolio dealt either with climate change mitigation issues and/or market access issues:
- Viet Nam
These countries are considered as a laboratory for replicating and upscaling innovative approaches in the above mentioned areas. The programme will also have wider regional impact through close involvement of the regional divisions in all programme activities in the areas of knowledge management and capacity building.
During the workshop participants :
- agreed to monitor progress using agreed upon benchmarks
- discussed the importance of communication within the two institutions and also on how to systematically share the results and impact of this strategic partnership with other stakeholders. In the coming months the two teams will jointly develop a communication plan. The team will use communication channels such as this social reporting blog, along with face-to-face meetings, dedicate websites and videos to continuously and systemtically communicate about the programme
- planned for the national consultation in each of the above mentioned countries
You may download the background documentations and the presentations delivered during the workshop at: http://www.slideshare.net/event/ifadifpri-start-up-workshop