In March 2019, the Resilient Food Systems Programme convened over 100 partners from a broad spectrum of development partners, scientific organizations, private sector, sub-regional partners and government agencies and project managers from 12 countries for the 3rd RFS Annual Workshop. At the workshop, partners shared experiences and advance progress on scaling up practices, methodologies and policy interventions in support of food security and environmental resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Workshop sessions focused on learning - between country projects, through consolidated approaches to monitoring, and through targeted training - and on mapping future priorities with cross-cutting projects, knowledge management and communications. Four of the country projects, Ghana, Niger, Uganda and Burundi, led the South-South exchanges, highlighting lessons on institutional, stakeholder and community engagement and progress on land and water management, restoration of degraded landscapes, biodiversity conservation, sustainable value chains, and payment for environmental services, among others.
A full day field trip was organized through the Ghana Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLWMP, World Bank) during which participants had the opportunity to learn about Ghana project in detail while interacting with farmers, such as women engaged in empowerment activities, as part of the project’s approach to gender mainstreaming, extension agents and local government officials.
In March 2019, the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) programme held its third regional partners’ forum in Bolgatanga, Ghana. This brought together project managers from the 12 countries and partners from development organisations, academic organisations, the private sector and government agencies. These partners met to share experiences and advance progress on scaling up practices, methodologies and policy interventions in support of food security and environmental resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa. This report summarises the activities from the workshop, which included: South-South exchange and learning between country projects; facilitated training sessions; providing updates on the programme implementation; reviewing and consolidating monitoring and assessment approaches; and additional strategic and planning meetings.
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