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What is the New Alliance?


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Presentation given at regional dialogue on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Addis Ababa, June 2014.

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What is the New Alliance?

  1. 1. Stronger food security and nutrition in pastoral areas: Harnessing the potential of the New Alliance Addis Ababa, June 10th, 2014
  2. 2. The New Alliance in a nutshell • The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was launched at the G8 summit in 2012 • Raise 50 million out of poverty by 2022 • At its inception it sought to commit US$3 billion in investment in agriculture • NA countries now include Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania
  3. 3. How it works • Catalyse investment in Country Investment Plans that are meant to be aligned with country plans under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) • Governments, donors, private sector and civil society should agree concrete policy reforms, funding commitments and investments against these plans, which are detailed in country Cooperation Frameworks
  4. 4. Funding commitments so far
  5. 5. Visions of agricultural development • A key assumption underlying the NA is that agricultural sector growth will reduce poverty • What is the evidence that larger private investments in agriculture (typically favouring large-scale production) will have wider beneficial outcomes in terms of food security, nutrition and women’s economic standing? • What public support and policies are most likely to promote the position of small producers, whose own investment and contribution to local economies often dwarves that of large private sector investors?
  6. 6. Why this meeting • To encourage critical reflection on what might inclusive growth and transformation look like in pastoral areas? • To address the relative inattention to pastoralism in the New Alliance up to now • To consider the appropriate mix of investments and social assistance that could make a difference in improving livelihoods for a majority of pastoral populations • Focus on (i) livestock production and marketing, (ii) investment, and (iii) social protection