IFAD Projects and Grants, showcasing initiatives at Global South South Development Expo 2013, Nairobi Kenya

By Betty Tole
The Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2013 kicked off yesterday, 28th October 2013, at the UN office in Nairobi, Kenya. Hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Expo is showcasing successful southern-grown development solutions to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on the theme Building Inclusive Green Economies: South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.
Ms Anne Waiguru, the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution & Planning in Kenya, officially opened the forum.  Others who gave key remarks at the opening ceremony were: Mr. Benjamin Mkapa, the Chairperson, South Center and Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania; Mr. Wu Xiaoqing, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Environmental Protection, People’s Republic of China; Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN; and Mr. Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP, among other key speakers.
Millicent Omugaka, AFRACA explaining role of Rural Finance.
After the opening ceremony, the delegation of high-level officials moved to the GSSD Expo 2013 Solution Exhibition pavilion where they cut a tape to inaugurate the exhibition. The exhibition is featuring more than 60 exhibitors from around the world, showcasing south-south and triangular development solutions in inclusive green economies.  Among these exhibitors are some of the IFAD funded projects and grants based in Kenya. In one booth, IFADAfrica Knowledge Management Network is showcasing its model of integrating knowledge management within the project management system; the Rural Finance Knowledge Management Partnership (KMP), exhibiting its efforts to build partnerships for sustainable development among rural finance projects; and the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) is displaying its global and regional efforts to support communities to access sustainable financial services for economic development. 
Betty Tole, IFADAfrica explains the role of Knowledge Management.

In another booth, PROCASUR is showcasing its model of sharing innovations through customized local knowledge management tools and methodologies. While the Network for Enhanced Market Access (NEMAS) is sharing its model – From lose-lose to win-win: creating wealth in the value chain through Business Development Service (BDS) Facilitation. Also sharing the exhibition space is Africa Harvest who are showing their efforts to harness modern science and technologies to help Africa achieve food security, economic well-being and sustainable development.  Separately, Biogas International Ltd. is displaying the Flexi Biogas Systems a flexible aboveground system that is simpler and less costly to build and operate.
One of the forums scheduled on the second day of the forum, 29th October 2013 from 4.00pm – 6.30pm, is the Solution Exchange Forum 3 on Agriculture and Food Security that will be led by IFAD and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  The forum will present development solutions relating to the challenges of sustainable agricultural development, food security, nutrition and management of natural resources found through actions implemented with FAO and IFAD support, in partnership with civil society institutions, UN agencies and with member countries in the South.