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African Diaspora Agrofood Forum

Francois Stepman
Francois Stepman
Francois StepmanEuropean co-manager at Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

22 October 2022 African Diaspora Agrofood Forum The theme of this 6th edition of the African Diaspora Agro Food Forum was Investment, Trade and Transformative Development. This highlights the importance of enabling diaspora entrepreneurs access to funds, investors and markets .

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Raschad Al-Khafaji
Director
FAO Liaison Office for the European Union
and Belgium
Africa Diaspora
Agrofood Forum 2022
21 October 2022
 FAO seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the
transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and
sustainable, agri-food systems for better production, better
nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one
behind.
 New FAO Strategic Framework approved by the FAO Conference
in July 2021
2
FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31
The four betters
3
Leaving no one
behind through
sustainable, inclusive
and resilient agri-
food systems
Boosting Smallholder Resilience for
Recovery:
Protecting the most vulnerable,
promoting economic recovery and
enhancing risk management capacities
Preventing the Next Zoonotic
Pandemic:
Strengthening and extending the One
Health approach to avert animal-origin
pandemics
Food SystemsTransformation:
Building back better during response and
recovery
4
COVID-19 impact and recovery & Food Coalition
Global Humanitarian Response Plan:
Addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and
safeguarding livelihoods in food-crisis
contexts
Data for Decision-making:
Ensuring quality data and analysis for
effective policy support to food-systems and
Zero Hunger
Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to
Reduce Poverty:
Pro-poor COVID-19 responses for an inclusive
post-pandemic economic recovery
Trade and Food Safety Standards:
Facilitating and accelerating food and
agricultural trade duringCOVID-19 and
beyond
Seven
Thematic
Pillars of the
FAO COVID-19
Response and
Recovery Plan
• Hand-in-Hand is FAO’s evidence-based,
country-led and country-owned
initiative to accelerate agricultural
transformation and sustainable rural
development to eradicate poverty (SDG
1) eradicate poverty (SDG 1) eradicate
poverty (SDG 1) and end hunger end
hunger end hunger and all forms of
malnutrition (SDG2).
• all forms of malnutrition (SDG2).
• all forms of malnutrition (SDG2).
• In doing so, it contributes to attaining
5
Hand In Hand – 1000 DigitalVillages
45 countries with 26 from Africa
 From, to and between rural areas
 Migration impacts the agricultural
sub-sectors and rural areas
 Migration is linked to FAO’s mandate
and global goals
 Agricultural and rural dimensions of
migration
6
FAO and Rural Migration Key Figures
80% of the worldwide poor live in rural areas
and 64% of them earn a living by working in
the agricultural sector (WB 2016)
By 2050, over half of the population in least
developed countries will still live in rural areas,
relying on agriculture and related activities for
their livelihoods (UNDESA, 2014)
Around US$300 billion international
remittances sent to rural areas (IFAD, 2021)
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African Diaspora Agrofood Forum

  • 1. Raschad Al-Khafaji Director FAO Liaison Office for the European Union and Belgium Africa Diaspora Agrofood Forum 2022 21 October 2022
  • 2.  FAO seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable, agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.  New FAO Strategic Framework approved by the FAO Conference in July 2021 2 FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31 The four betters
  • 3. 3 Leaving no one behind through sustainable, inclusive and resilient agri- food systems
  • 4. Boosting Smallholder Resilience for Recovery: Protecting the most vulnerable, promoting economic recovery and enhancing risk management capacities Preventing the Next Zoonotic Pandemic: Strengthening and extending the One Health approach to avert animal-origin pandemics Food SystemsTransformation: Building back better during response and recovery 4 COVID-19 impact and recovery & Food Coalition Global Humanitarian Response Plan: Addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and safeguarding livelihoods in food-crisis contexts Data for Decision-making: Ensuring quality data and analysis for effective policy support to food-systems and Zero Hunger Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to Reduce Poverty: Pro-poor COVID-19 responses for an inclusive post-pandemic economic recovery Trade and Food Safety Standards: Facilitating and accelerating food and agricultural trade duringCOVID-19 and beyond Seven Thematic Pillars of the FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan
  • 5. • Hand-in-Hand is FAO’s evidence-based, country-led and country-owned initiative to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development to eradicate poverty (SDG 1) eradicate poverty (SDG 1) eradicate poverty (SDG 1) and end hunger end hunger end hunger and all forms of malnutrition (SDG2). • all forms of malnutrition (SDG2). • all forms of malnutrition (SDG2). • In doing so, it contributes to attaining 5 Hand In Hand – 1000 DigitalVillages 45 countries with 26 from Africa
  • 6.  From, to and between rural areas  Migration impacts the agricultural sub-sectors and rural areas  Migration is linked to FAO’s mandate and global goals  Agricultural and rural dimensions of migration 6 FAO and Rural Migration Key Figures 80% of the worldwide poor live in rural areas and 64% of them earn a living by working in the agricultural sector (WB 2016) By 2050, over half of the population in least developed countries will still live in rural areas, relying on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods (UNDESA, 2014) Around US$300 billion international remittances sent to rural areas (IFAD, 2021)
  • 7. 7 Enhance the positive effects of migration for agriculture and rural development Global fora, partnerships Increase knowledge and awareness of diaspora contribution to agriculture and rural development Country-level projects Foster diaspora engagement in agribusiness through skills, knowledge and investments transfer
  • 8. First ever Uganda Diaspora Agribusiness Award  3 diaspora winners selected according to the innovativeness of their business and contribution to youth employment generation in agribusiness FAO’s diaspora partners and beneficiaries in global and regional fora 8 Role models
  • 9. 9  Strengthen technical and functional capacities of policy makers  Brings the voice of the diaspora into policy consultations and decision-making processes  Facilitate diaspora investments in agribusiness Strengthening the enabling environment for diaspora to contribute financial and non- financial resources to sustainable agriculture Participatory approach
  • 10.  1 national diaspora policy formulation process influenced  1 national multi-stakeholder technical working group on diaspora in agribusiness set up  60 government and civil society actors trained on engagement mechanisms for diaspora contributions to agribusiness  200 people reached through two Uganda Diaspora Agribusiness Conferences  3 diaspora agripreneurs awarded as role models through the Uganda Diaspora Agribusiness Award  1 diaspora in agribusiness organization set up, made of 90 diaspora agripreneurs across the world  A diaspora-youth agribusiness matching programme developed and rolled out  A diaspora-youth match making conference organized 10 The case of Uganda
  • 11. 11 Pilot mechanisms Diaspora-Youth Partnerships formalized and under discussions Call diaspora& youth agripreneurs Youth business profiles strengthened Matching process Diaspora-youth agribusiness matching programme
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  • 13. THANKYOU Raschad Al-Khafaji Director FAO Liaison Office for the European Union and Belgium

Editor's Notes

  1. Salutations Ladies and Gentlemen, All Protocols Observed. I am honored to represent the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at this sixth edition of the African Diaspora Agrofood Forum and I extend my greetings to all speakers and participants at today’s event.
  2. Four cross-cutting accelerators of progress will be applied in all our programmatic interventions to maximize efforts and facilitate the management of trade-offs, according to national priorities. These accelerators are technology, innovation, data and complements (governance, human capital, and institutions). Africa has the youngest population in the world. Over 75 per cent of its 1.2 billion population is under the age of 35 years. By 2030, 220 million young people will enter the labor market. Harnessing this potential demographic dividend is central to accomplishing the region’s aspiration for inclusive economic transformation.     The Agri-Food Systems have untapped potential to harness the creativity and energy of the youth, and create more decent employment opportunities. The demand for food is increasing due to growing population, urbanization and rising household incomes, so you need to improve the structure of food, you need to improve the quality of food.
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  4. Hand in Hand FAO needs to get our Members on board with our flagship Hand-in-Hand Initiative that is evidence-based and country-owned. 110. The Initiative is gaining strength as a mechanism for bringing diverse actors together to help the least advantaged countries and people to: eradicate poverty, end hunger and malnutrition, and to reduce inequalities within and among nations. 111. In the 39 Members that have joined the Initiative so far, key support is provided to identify and channel funding to the areas where the biggest economic opportunities can be unlocked. 112. The Initiative’s Geospatial Platform with Big Data analysis and advanced geo-spatial modelling has over  38 000 users from nearly all FAO Members. 113 Hand-in-Hand Geospatial Platform is a digital public good to create interactive data maps, analyse trends and identify real-time gaps and opportunities. 29. This Geospatial Platform enables the mapping of agricultural capabilities, highlighting the interaction of economic, social, and environmental variables to direct investment. . And we launched the 1000 Digital Villages program. 114. The program focuses on digital technologies to improve production and agri-business management, and related market-oriented and social services of agricultural processes.  115. With E-Agriculture, to improve productivity using information and communication technologies (ICT) and relevant digital solutions. 116. With Digital Farmer Services to enhance farmers’ accessibility to social and economic services. 117. Digital Services for Rural transformation to enhance the delivery of public services in health, education, jobs, welfare, eco-tourism and agri-tourism. 118. This holistic approach brings all the digital elements needed to support agri-food systems transformation and the rural development needed to achieve the SDGs National Dev Program 3 Comprehensive transfer of agri food systems Market oriented agri production FAO doing studies Connect dots Investment Potential for the diaspora !
  5. FAO focuses on rural migration, from, to and between rural areas A large share of migrants come from rural areas, hence migration has an impact on agricultural sub-sectors and rural areas Many of the drivers and impacts of migration are closely linked to FAO’s mandate and global goals of eradicating hunger, food security and rural poverty FAO is uniquely placed to address the nexus between rural livelihoods and human mobility thanks to its expertise in agri-food systems, rural livelihoods, climate change adaptation and rural migration FAO is also the only agency that can act as a neutral broker and natural bridge between migration and agriculture stakeholders and that can leverage its strong presence at country level and in rural areas to achieve concrete impacts on the ground
  6. FAO expertise also makes it well-positioned to maximize the benefits of migration for agriculture and rural development. For example, harnessing diaspora investments and skills transfer in agribusiness. At GLOBAL LEVEL, FAO advocates for the key role played by diaspora communities through the participation in relevant fora and in collaboration with organizations such as the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT). I am glad to intervene today in the same panel as the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). Together, we gave a presentation at the Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit “Migration and Development Partnerships” in 2021, to share experience on diaspora engagement for entrepreneurial skills’ development. At COUNTRY LEVEL, we work to strengthen the enabling environment for diaspora contributions to home-country agriculture and rural development
  7. We believe it is crucial to foster diaspora “role models” to inspire others in the diaspora FAO promoted the organization of diaspora agribusiness awards in order to create visible role models We launched the first Diaspora Agribusiness Award in Uganda in 2020 to recognize and celebrate successful Ugandan diaspora agripreneurs who contribute to employment creation in rural areas of Uganda. Three Ugandans, selected through a call for proposals, were awarded as the best agribusiness investors of 2020. Sarah Kiyingi Kaweesa,  was awarded as the best agribusiness investor of the year for the innovativeness behind her business. Sarah, based in UK, produces with her company organic products made from banana fibre Also, we facilitate the intervention of FAO’s diaspora partners and beneficiaries in several migration global and regional fora
  8. At COUNTRY LEVEL, FAO works to strengthen the enabling environment for diaspora to contribute to sustainable agriculture of countries of origin, through a wide range of actions. We support Governments to create an enabling environment for diaspora to invest in the sector by strengthening technical and functional capacities on diaspora engagement mechanism in agribusiness and integrating agribusiness into national diaspora policies FAO is also committed to bring the voice of the diaspora into policy consultations and decision-making processes, through the organization of dedicated summits and the setup of diaspora in agribusiness networks We facilitate diaspora investments in the agribusiness sector through business fora and agribusiness matching programmes Overall, we always adopt a participatory approach, involving diaspora organizations as active agents of development and partners. For instance, we signed an agreement with Destiny Farms Limited, a diaspora-led company in Uganda, whose CEO was one of the FAO Diaspora Winners of the 2020 Award, to implement project activities in Uganda.
  9. I would like now to bring the country example of UGANDA FAO works in Uganda since 2020 through the project Strengthening Capacity to Harness Positive Effects of Migration in order to: (i) create income-generating opportunities in agribusiness by tapping into the entrepreneurial potential of diaspora; and (ii) fostering dialogue and strengthening capacity of relevant stakeholders FAO supported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry Agriculture in strengthening the enabling environment for diaspora contributions to the agri-food sector. In terms of RESULTS, FAO: Enhanced coordination across on diaspora in agribusiness across key actors by setting up a Multi-Stakeholder Technical Working Group. The capacities of working group members were strengthened to create mechanisms for diaspora engagement in agribusiness. Provided financial and technical support in the diaspora policy formulation process and facilitated consultations with diaspora agripreneurs. The diaspora policy, currently under approval, now includes a section on agri-food systems, as a key sector for diaspora investments; Launched the first series of the Ugandan Diaspora Agribusiness Conferences and Awards in 2021 and 2022 Set up the first Uganda Diaspora Agribusiness Network (UDAN), an independent diaspora member based agribusiness network that encompasses over 90 diaspora agripreneurs. The network has contributed to promoting Ugandan agribusiness opportunities abroad as well as facilitated diaspora investments transfer into Ugandan youth-led agribusinesses through the design and roll out of a dedicated agribusiness matching programme.
  10. I would like to conclude by bringing the example of an interesting mechanism we are currently piloting to match diaspora investors and agripreneurs with youth agripreneurs back home In collaboration with a diaspora organization, FAO designed and launched a diaspora-youth agribusiness matching programme in Uganda to match pre-screened youth with resourceful Ugandan diaspora The programme consisted of the following steps: (i) two call for applications were published to identify (i) diaspora willing to support youth back home; and (ii) youth agripreneurs in Uganda (ii) Youth were supported to prepare and present businesses in front of an audience of diaspora agripreneurs. In addition, in order to optimize business interactions, their business profiles were posted on AYA youth platform, a platform set up by FAO that hosts hundreds of youth business across Africa (iii) The interactions between the two parties (diaspora and youth) were facilitated through the AYA platform, dedicated dialogues and the organization of a matchmaking conference (23 July 2022) where youth could pitch their businesses to a local and global audience of diaspora Several diaspora investors expressed interested in supporting the youth back home. We are currently facilitating the collaboration process between the two parties. A first diaspora-youth formal agreement has been already signed between a diaspora woman entrepreneur who decided to purchase dried vegetables from Greeco Organic Farm (led by a woman entrepreneur in Uganda) and supported the purchase of a solar dryer. Other two agreements on cassava flour and farm management services should be signed by end of October