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REAF: some lessons learned
Susana Márquez
Roma, June 23, 2015
MERCOSUR
 South American Common Market
 Created in 1991
 Five full members (Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay,
Uruguay, Venez...
MERCOSUR
 Three decision-making bodies:
 (i) the Common Market Council) CMC);
 (ii) the Common Market Group (CMG) and
...
REAF: Structural and operative scheme
OUTPUTS &
OUTCOMES
Recommendations
& proposals
Regional programs
Cooperation
Nationa...
2015
Regular meetings
twice a year
producing
recommendations to
CMG (among other
things)
2004
REAF: More than ten years
IF...
 The REAF existence and validity
 The recognition of the need for differential policies for family
farmers
 The proposa...
Objectives & change
 CMG gave REAF two objectives:
 (i) strengthening country level differential policies for
family far...
What resources
were available at
the beginning?
A small grant
A three-people
team
A network of
regional linkages
In a turb...
Critical
factors
Political
decision to
work together
(government
and family
farmers)
Methodologica
l assistance to
the pro...
What
does
work
Flexible
people, trusted
by both
government
and civil
society
organisations
Broad
objectives,
yet clearly
d...
What
does not
work
Rigid people
and rigid
design
Anything
that looks
like making
demands
on
governmen
t
Anything
that look...
As change takes place...
Nowadays
• Family faming is a political priority in the region
• Public investment in family farm...
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Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) Specialized Meeting on Family Farming (REAF) presentation to "Assessing the Impact of Policy Engagement: RIMISP / IFAD Learning Event, Rome 23 June 2015"

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REAF: lessons learnt

  1. 1. REAF: some lessons learned Susana Márquez Roma, June 23, 2015
  2. 2. MERCOSUR  South American Common Market  Created in 1991  Five full members (Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela  Five associated members (Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru)
  3. 3. MERCOSUR  Three decision-making bodies:  (i) the Common Market Council) CMC);  (ii) the Common Market Group (CMG) and  (iii) the MERCOSUR Trade Commission (MTC).  CMG created REAF in March, 2004 as an advisory body on issues related to family faming policies
  4. 4. REAF: Structural and operative scheme OUTPUTS & OUTCOMES Recommendations & proposals Regional programs Cooperation National governments Family farmers´ organisations NATIONAL SECTIONS REAF Thematic groups INPUTS Management and logistics (IFAD MERCOSUR) Methodological support IFAD MERCOSUR) Technical support (governments) Financial resources (IFAD MERCOSUR + governments) Institutional reforms
  5. 5. 2015 Regular meetings twice a year producing recommendations to CMG (among other things) 2004 REAF: More than ten years IFAD is no longer directly involved in REAF since 2012
  6. 6.  The REAF existence and validity  The recognition of the need for differential policies for family farmers  The proposals and recommendations coming from REAF  The role of National Sections of REAF in country-level policy dialogue  The creation of National Registration Offices for Family Farmers  The continuously increasing initiatives of south-south cooperation  The Regional Program for Gender Equality in Policies for Family Farming and the Regional Course on Leadership for Young Family Farmers  The MERCOSUR Family Farming Fund  AND TRUE INFLUECE on institutional reforms Most important achievements
  7. 7. Objectives & change  CMG gave REAF two objectives:  (i) strengthening country level differential policies for family farmers in the region and  (ii)facilitating regional trade for family farmers’ products  These objectives were  Institutionally determined – yet not purely formal  Widely defined – yet not vague  Broadly shared – yet not trivial  And, after all, they have been  Truly effective as leading beacons of change
  8. 8. What resources were available at the beginning? A small grant A three-people team A network of regional linkages In a turbulent political environment
  9. 9. Critical factors Political decision to work together (government and family farmers) Methodologica l assistance to the process (IFAD MERCOSUR) Family farmers´ organisations engaged One leading country and a proactive partner
  10. 10. What does work Flexible people, trusted by both government and civil society organisations Broad objectives, yet clearly defined Mid-term and long-term essential issues in the agenda Strict methodology to keep the process moving Continuous “knitting” to sustain the network
  11. 11. What does not work Rigid people and rigid design Anything that looks like making demands on governmen t Anything that looks like taking sides in domestic policy
  12. 12. As change takes place... Nowadays • Family faming is a political priority in the region • Public investment in family farming has dramatically increased • Part of it, financed by IFAD loans, and also by WB and IADB • And many other things are better for family farmers We cannot say REAF has caused change to happen We can only say REAF has worked for change to happen in a certain direction and change did happen in this particular direction

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