In September, the African Union (AU) Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) co-organised with IFAD, FAO and other partners, a virtual conference to provide policymakers, planners, value chain actors and experts a platform to share successful approaches and strategies for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on rural livelihoods and institutions.
During the conference, RFS Implementing Agencies FAO and IFAD gave presentations that provided an overview of the actions that each organisation has been taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on rural livelihoods as well as concrete examples of projects and programmes that are facilitating a post-COVID recovery.
Both presentations highlighted knowledge and experiences generated by the RFS programme that could be used to inform other COVID recovery approaches in the agriculture sector. FAO provided valuable insights from the guidebook “Running Farmer Field Schools in times of COVID-19”, which was co-published by the RFS programme. The impact of the guidebook, along with complementary posters and training webinars for extension workers, has extended beyond the programme, supporting the adaptation of participatory extension models around the world.
The IFAD presentation noted, in particular, the important role of rural institutions in planning and executing emergency responses. RFS offered valuable insights in this respect, highlighting the pivotal role of multi-stakeholder platforms in bringing together environmental, agricultural and food security actors, while connecting decision makers at the local level with country and regional responses. Maintaining and growing these lines of communication and knowledge exchange will be key to facilitating a post-COVID recovery in both the short- and long-term.
This presentation was given by RFS Implementing Agency FAO during the African Union’s conference on the impact of COVID-19 on rural livelihoods in September 2020. The presentation provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on agri-food systems, FAO’s response and recovery programme, and innovations that are already showing positive results in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on food security.
This presentation was given by RFS Implementing Agency IFAD during the African Union’s conference on the impact of COVID-19 on rural livelihoods in September 2020. The presentation provides an overview of IFAD’s strategic response to COVID-19, examples of how this response is being implemented in various countries, and how two IFAD programmes – RFS and the Rural Resilience Programme – are contributing to Africa’s post-COVID recovery.
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