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  1. 1. HLF4 Knowledge and Innovation Space Development Results and Scaling Up in the Agricultural Sector: The roles of Multi-Stakeholders HLF-4 Knowledge and Innovation Space Tuesday November 29th Room MD 201 14.00-14.45 The “Knowledge and Innovation Space” would deliver a key message for country ownership, scaling up and accountability through a broad group of stakeholders, emphasising the further development and use of country systems, including results management and reporting as a basis for sustainable economic development in the agricultural sector. It would be applicable to all stakeholders in the agricultural sector. Persistent rural poverty on a massive scale, with close to 1 billion rural people living on less than US$1.25 per day, and a high prevalence of food insecurity and hunger in some regions is a major global problem. Small-scale agriculture is a key contributor to economic growth and broader food security for many poor rural people, while contributing to improved food security for many others. Governments, private sector and donors need to take appropriate initiatives in terms of policies, programmes and investments to enable small-scale farmers – women and men – to increase their productivity in a sustainable and resilient manner. Small-scale agriculture can respond to growing demand for food and other agricultural goods and services, generating income and a range of other benefits for poor rural people. The constrains facing governments, donors, the private sector and civil society include inadequate and insecure access to natural resources, particularly by rural women; natural resource degradation; limited human capital and skills; weak collective capabilities and organization; poor access to technology and financial services; insufficient integration into agricultural markets and value chains; a lack of good employment opportunities; policy failures; and weak rural representation in policy processes.
  2. 2. Objective To achieve sustainable economic development and results at household level in the agricultural sector and scale up/replicate requires a multi-stakeholder approach and well-functioning partner country systems. This is a commitment undertaken by both donors and partner countries in the Paris Declaration. Nationally developed plans offer opportunities for stakeholders (including private sector, civil society and governments) for improved alignment and, together with civil society, give the basis for systems of mutual accountability which lead to the establishment and recognition of clear results for the agricultural sector. There is also a need to demonstrate the key role that scaling up has in the agricultural sector – translating successful pilot projects into full-scale interventions, driven by recipients, can have in addressing the issues of aid fragmentation, sustainability and impact. Innovation application Shift the balance of donor programmes in agricultural sector away from small, one-off projects towards replicating successful activities at scale, with multi-stakeholders that are capable of bringing about transformational and sustainable economic development. Currently, aid is highly fragmented into small interventions carried out by many donor C O N TA C T S agencies, contributing to poor coordination, high transaction costs and a large burden Brian Baldwin on partner countries. Second, aid interventions are rarely sustained after donor support Senior Operations Management Adviser E-mail: b.baldwin@ifad.org has been withdrawn. Third, aid’s impact in the agricultural sector is rarely sufficient to bring about the needed economic development of poor, rural populations. Currently, Homi Kharas institutional operations, incentives and norms lead donor agencies and their staff away Brookings Institute Senior Fellow and Deputy Director from the objective of scaling up and other key facets of the PD & AAA. Donors will Global Economy and Development have to change their way of doing business from the bottom up and make the E-mail: hkharas@brookings.edu objective of scaling up more explicit if meaningful change is to be brought about. E.G. Monika Midel donors must broaden their attention on innovation and experimentation to incorporate GDPRSD scaling up and learning. Coordinator, Secretariat E-mail: monika.midel@donorplatform.org The results that are expected The approach is based on empowerment in the rural sector supported by a broad group of stakeholders including civil society and private sector and will focus on ‘ownership’ and ‘accountability’ as key building blocks. Subsequently, it is expected that the dialogue will focus on the specificities of country systems for agricultural and rural development, the need for an inclusive policy process, public financial management (including procurement systems) and the how this has led to better transparency and efficiency at country level. This will allow the development of result and impact indicators in the agricultural sector, their monitoring at country level (hence accountability) and the scope for scaling up successful interventions. Focus of Mini-debate: Discussion topic would be “How to achieve sustainable economic development and results at household level in the agricultural sector and scale up/replicate through a multi-stakeholder approach with well-functioning country systems”. Enabling poor rural people Format would be panel discussion with inputs & comments from audience supported to overcome poverty by graphics. Country participation from the audience would be encouraged from Africa/Asia & Latin America and the target audience would be from Government and public sector to establish/enable the policy framework that recognises multi-sectoral inputs into agricultural sector, builds on country systems where this is evident and seek clear results/outcomes supported by appropriate mutual accountability mechanisms.Organisation/Government Agency:International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) as lead agency with additional inputsfrom Global Donor Platform for RuralDevelopment (GDPRD) and Brookings Institute.4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness29 Nov — 1 Dec 2011Busan, Koreawww.busanhlf4.org

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