The CoP-PPLD: Knowledge and Practice for the Effectiveness of Rural Development


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Presentation from the Livestock Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) Meeting 2010. 4-5 May 2010 Italy, Rome IFAD Headquarters.

The event involved approximately 45 representatives from the international partner agencies to discuss critical needs for livestock development and research issues for the coming decade.

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The CoP-PPLD: Knowledge and Practice for the Effectiveness of Rural Development

  1. 1. Antonio RotaSenior Technical Adviser on Livestock and Farming Systems – PTA, IFAD Silvia Sperandini Consultant, KM & Partnership Building – PTA, IFAD Livestock Week - IADG IFAD HQ, Rome 4-5 May 2010
  2. 2. Introduction - IFADEmpower poor rural women and men to improve their foodsecurity and increase their incomes.
  3. 3. Introduction - IFADSince its inception (1978) IFAD has: Provided more than US$12 billion in loans (796) and grants (2 128); Supported 829 programmes and projects in 117 countries and territories
  4. 4. Introduction - IFADPartnershipsKnowledge managementIn particular to:Make poverty alleviation efforts more effective, efficient and relevant;Combine the best available skills and knowledge;Develop new and innovative solutions.
  5. 5. CoP-PPLD – Overall ViewThe CoP for Pro-poor Livestock Development (CoP-PPLD) intends to bea global and inclusive partnership among like-minded people involved inlivestock development.Through the exchange of experiences and relevant knowledge acrosscountries and institutions the CoP aim at developing and implementingmore effective, efficient and relevant rural development and povertyreduction programsThe CoP-PPLD has been facilitated (so far) by IFAD and supported by thefinancial contribution of the Government of Italy, the Government of Finlandand DFID, through its Innovative Mainstreaming Initiative.
  6. 6. CoP-PPLD – Overall ViewObjectivesLearning from and give a voice to the livestock community;Strengthening connectivity, actions and collaborations among a wide groupof stakeholders;Enhance the capacity of CoP-PPLD members to acquire and share knowledgeand innovations;Raising the understanding at various levels of the benefits of PPLD.
  7. 7. … Get Knowledge !Share Knowledge… Better Designed Projects Better Implementation Better Impact
  8. 8. upload and exchange knowledge, support cooperation andcommon initiatives, participate in general discussions, postquestions. or, in low bandwidth contests
  9. 9. 18 months after… where are we?:The CoP-PPLD was launched in January 2009402 people from more than 140 organizations are now member;New communication channels (a Website and a Mailing list) weredeveloped for continuous and dynamic interaction;from September ‘09 the portal received 6,049 visits from 145 countries;New partnerships and new strategic working relationships has beenestablished among development partners;Experiences, good practices and lessons learnt have been shared;
  10. 10. Access to technical backstopping has been facilitated for better projectdesign/implementation.KS/KM tools have been created together with and an Online Roster ofthematic experts;Various common initiatives (i.e. Online Discussion on Livestock Keepers Rights)have been facilitated for the CoP-PPLD mutual learning;The CoP Portal has been selected as the FAO – NGOs sharing platform forfuture knowledge management and information exchange;IFAD should provide soon a small grant to the South Asia Pro Poor LivestockPolicy Programme (FAO India) with the understanding that the programmewill coordinate its KM activities with the CoP-PPLD.
  11. 11. Mapping knowledge on livestock insurance;Case study: “Livestock Insurance schemes for poor livestock farmers andpastoralists”;Ask & Answer feature;10 Livestock Thematic papers for Project Design;E-conference and online discussions.
  12. 12. CoP-PPLD – Ongoing Activities“Routine” activities (KM/Innovation sharing);Thematic papers development;Brokering of technical advisory services;Identifying appropriate approach for improvingbetter sharing and interaction among partners;Strengthening Partnerships with rural/livestockgrassroot coomunities/associations (Kenya-Ghana).
  13. 13. CoP-PPLD – Strengthening partnership with grassroot communitiesPartnering with grassroot organizations of livestock producers will result in: A better understanding of local needs and priorities; priorities Opening a channel for sharing knowledge pening (traditional/indigenous), practices and innovations; Strengthening partnerships, connections, and working partnerships relations; Benefiting from multiple sources of knowledge and learning; Strengthening advocacy and policy dialogue with decision-makers and local institutions; Contributing to the empowerment of women engaged in livestock-related activities;
  14. 14. CoP-PPLD – Strengthening partnership with grassroot communitiesEstablishing sustainable information exchangemechanisms on livestock on livestock-related issues.Participating in the elaboration of commonstrategies/policies/operations for pro-poor livestockdevelopment;Accessing faster problem-solving mechanisms with problem-reduced duplication of efforts;Accessing expertise directly through members andindirectly through members’ contacts.
  15. 15. FindingsIn Kenya strengthening connectivity, actions and collaboration with professional farmers’organizations that are well structured, representative, well governed, and well capacitated israther feasible;It is more difficult with smaller organizations which are dealing with basic problems and needslike in the case of Ghana.However, in both cases, the driving force for a successful interaction is the presence ofcommitted people/champions within the farmers’ organizations who lead for change andinnovative approaches;Farmer Associations have access to the email.Therefore the CoP-PPLD Secretariat through his mailing list can act as bridge between them andthe CoP-PPLD partners facilitating knowledge exchange;Mobile phones in remote areas;The mission also noted that farmers’ organizations building on traditional knowledge are verykeen to experiment innovative approaches and identify adapted solution to new problems, forinstance in the case of new challenges posed by climate change.